Observation of internal forces by a former police officer


I am a retired black police sergeant and spent nearly 30 years in the Chicago army. I’ve been busier than ever since I retired.

It’s kind of like live jazz, traveling, and the busyness of retirement, generally a “leisure man.” It lasted about 3 months. Instead, much of my time since I left in 2019 has been spent on the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers dealing with cases of extreme racism experienced by black police officers.

Flooded with our social media platform and direct message folders:

“… Systematic racial issues within the department … need to be dealt with transparently and thoroughly! … I don’t sleep at night.”

“I have filed a federal proceeding against my department. Since then, I have raised my voice and become black.”

“I’ve heard from many black police officers trying to manage an ongoing hostile workspace. Pre-election and post-election activities are exacerbating the situation. You all give guidance and support to those police officers. Do you offer? “

Former President Donald Trump’s splitting rhetoric gave police obvious racism and forced the green light to return innocently with all his might.

When the January 6 riots at the Capitol took place on television in real time, the world had an irrefutable view of racial prejudice and police.

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If they were black, would they have reached that point? Why did some white police officers open barriers to allow mobs to pass through? The scene was a crash course of discrimination experienced by black policemen as well as black Americans. They routinely navigate the professions whose minority status frequently targets them.

Color officers serve the community, respect oaths to protect (including from fraudulent police officers), and navigate the “blue wall” (often closely associated with racism). You need to learn how.

And if they try to keep them out of line, they will be disproportionately disciplined — lose promotion and payment, harassment and retaliation.

Sean Kennedy is a retired Chicago police officer.

Sean Kennedy is a retired Chicago police officer.

Research Published last year The Psychology Journal’s Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes show that black officers have not committed any further violations (not high claims), but are likely to be disciplined for illegal activity.

Researchers have collected data from three cities: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and my city, Chicago. The result was shocking.The proportion of discipline is Black officers are 105% higher Only in Chicago.

The kind of complaints I recently encountered on social media are, sadly, not new.

Ethical decisions made by black officers have historically provided swift retaliation. The following three cases, one at the age of 15, embody part of the struggle.

Cariol Horne: Over 10 years of conflict

Just as Derek Chauvin’s trial was over, Calior Horn, a former black police officer in Buffalo, New York, said New York Supreme Court It happened 15 years ago, but Due to a similar situation..

A handcuffed black man was suffocated by a white police officer. Horn jumped in to stop the atrocities. The former police officer involved in the proceedings was not the atrocities, but the one who saved the life of a black man (according to the suspect himself).

On November 1, 2006, Horn responded to a call for domestic conflict. Police took the suspect David Neil Mack away from his home, one of whom suffocated Mack. Horn shouted to the policeman to stop. “No matter what happened in the house, I thought he was still upset,” Horn said in an interview with USA Today. She shouted to him, “I’m trying to bring him back to reality.”

When that didn’t work, she grabbed the policeman’s arm and pulled it around Mack’s neck. She said the policeman hit Horn’s face and broke her jaw. Horn sued the city over her treatment.

Instead of praising her for saving the lives of the citizens, her agency blamed her. She held a hearing and was fired two years later. She had power for 19 years, and shortly before her retirement she lost her pension.

April 13, her state Supreme Court Domination in her favor, Return her pension.

In the years leading up to Supreme Court decision, She pushed successfully Calior’s LawProtect police officers who intervene to prevent others from making the suspect brutal. In fact, Buffalo law requires executives to do so.

She says her treatment happened not only because she was a black woman with almost white power, but also to maintain a network of good old boys.Officer Horn said the excessive force used was not punished in the case, but was later sentenced to prison in the case of excessive force. For four black teenagers..

If Horn was outside the Minneapolis Cup Foods during a critical time on May 25, Floyd could still be alive today.

Cornelius Rodgers: Awkward Disciplinary Patterns

Without context, Cornelius Rodgers appears to be the issue officer.

He has been disciplined more than 20 times during his more than 17 years in office at the police station in New London, Connecticut. And, according to his proceedings, many of the crimes were due to minor issues.

One happened when I went to a bar after working with a group of white police officers. Rogers tried to disband the battle and was written. White cop wasn’t, According to the proceedings He filed a lawsuit against New London and his police station in January. In the proceedings, Rogers alleges that police discriminated against him and used retaliation. Four of the disciplinary actions led to a 20-day suspension.

But what this history does not show is that Rogers also has a record of excellent service.He was given Best Officer of the Year Award And some past police chiefs wrote positively about his performance.

Rogers, who was second on the lieutenant’s promotion list, shifted down to fourth after refusing to agree to be demoted instead of being suspended for the last 20 days. As a result, service points were unfairly removed from his score.

An independent investigation by the city found inadequate evidence of Rogers’ formal complaints about patterns of discriminatory discipline. However, the investigators only reviewed more than three years of his tenure, not enough time to establish a career pattern of nearly 20 years.

Sonya Zollicoffer: Racism in mostly black counties

Just last week, a judge ruled that there was a “significant gap” between black and Hispanic police officers as the police station in Prince George’s County, Maryland, in Sonya Zorikofer was using a problematic test for promotion. Did. this is, Proceedings Submitted to the department by Zollicoffer and others.

She also saw how black police officers were trained differently than white police officers. When she was a sergeant in the Interior Department, she investigated allegations of illegal activity.

She said she, now a lieutenant, had exponentially complicated her experience in police when she was ill-treated herself.

She was promoted to another department after recommending that two white police officers be prosecuted administratively for unnecessary force against a black driver. Shortly after she departed, the investigation was secretly resumed, seven minutes of dashcam footage of the incident was erased, and police were fined, according to Zorikofer.

She urged her boss to explain what happened to the footage, why the investigation was resumed, and why the disciplinary recommendations were changed. Shortly thereafter, Zorikoffer was charged with not becoming an officer and misrepresenting the facts.

At many police stations, white police officers are repeatedly given the opportunity to make mistakes, be forgiven, and make mistakes under the rug. Chauvin is one example. He was accused of choking the suspect before Floyd, and he had multiple complaints on his record.

Zollicoffer has never seen such an exception made for a black police officer. In fact, she saw the exact opposite — black police officers were put on duty for minimal breaches.

Part of the problem is that the department does not reflect the community. Prince George’s County is 64% black. The percentage of black police officers in the police is significantly lower.

Michael E. Graham, a member of the National Center for Civil Enforcement of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, wrote the report included in the proceedings.He identified Some measurable patterns Inappropriate response to racial harassment and discrimination complaints within the Prince Georges County Police Station, different patterns of retaliation or counterclaim when colored officers complain of illegal or discriminatory proceedings, and significant illegal acts of officers Of color compared to those white counterparts, including disciplinary patterns.

Such discriminatory practices 2018 proceedings United Black Police Officers Association, Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association National Capital Region, Maryland Branch of American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and several officers Including Zollic offerer..

It’s not just Horn, Rogers and Zorikofer. Their proceedings are just one of the latest in racism among American police associates. It took Horn 15 years to gain justice, and the verdict happened to come during the Chauvin trial. Will it take another 15 years for today’s colored officers to experience the same level of justice?

Black police also recognize that the next time a black man is killed by police, the incident could force members of the community to oppose them. When the use of force is widespread in word of mouth, all police officers are drawn with unfair and widespread brushstrokes. And the issue of power and racism both inside the police and against the general public is complex. Not all black police officers are good, and not all white police officers are perpetrators of violence. However, black officers need to be very careful not to be white officers.

Until there is real police reform that eliminates systematic racial discrimination in law enforcement agencies, dismantles limited immunity for police officers to hide behind, and holds police officers liable for being punished for their terrible misconduct. , Black police officers continue to bear the extra burden of seeking legal remedies from federal courts as needed.

Meanwhile, my retirement will be busier than ever.

Sean Kennedy is a former sergeant of the Chicago Police Department Include Information Officer For the National Association of Black Law Enforcers.

This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Opposite Racist Crackdown: Consideration of Internal Forces

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