More and more police departments across the country’s length and breadth are forced to admit that their members were in Washington DC on January 6th and have played a part in the treasonous insurrection. Up to the [publication of this article, several cops have been arrested and even more placed on administrative leave for their participation in the January 6th insurrection against the United States Government.
Let me first say, there are many good officers, black, white, and brown, who go out and risk their lives to protect others; it is a job that I personally understand. But there are far too many that brings the discipline into serious disrepute.
If the population can not trust cops, who then can they trust?
New Hampshire to Texas and places beyond, Departments are forced to own up to the white supremacists in their departments after being exposed by the media or regular citizen journalists.
The social media accounts of many police officers are treasure troves of racist, violent rhetoric. Yet, their departments allow them to police communities of color they hate and want to eliminate. When they kill members of the public, their departments defend and protect them from prosecution.
In Washington DC, African-American members of the Capitol force say that their complaints about their white colleagues’ racist attitudes have been systematically ignored.
A length Buzzfeed reporting argues that the radicalization of white cops started after Laquan McDonald was murdered by a white cop Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The report suggested that cops believed that the protest against them lacked appreciation for the work they do.
This writer, believes that is one part of the problem. Still, the larger issue (a) of white supremacists infiltration into police departments,& (b) the fertile soil they find in those departments, have gone a long way in fomenting the crisis the nation faces today.
Additionally, police departments have always been enemies to the black communities they serve. Police departments have more autonomy and protection under the laws than the citizens they are sworn to protect.
Across the United States, Police Departments are unable to discipline or fire rouge elements in their ranks because of Union contracts. The result is that as states and municipalities are supposed to run departments, those roles have been flipped, and the tail ends up wagging the dog. Caught in the middle are people of color who are summarily murdered largely with zero consequence to their killers.
(Injustice Watch), reported thatThe North Charleston, SC, police department fired an officer for posting a photo of himself wearing Confederate flag underwear, days after a white supremacist killed nine black worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church just miles away. He later settled a wrongful termination suit.
In other words, despite the offensive nature of his offense, the department was forced to pay off a white supremacist who should never have been a cop in the first place.
The Chicago Police Department has tried unsuccessfully to fire an officer whose own commander complained of his “bigoted views.” A Facebook page called Chicago Code Blue attracted attention for inflammatory comments — such as “Every Thug Deserves a Slug” — after an officer was found guilty in the death of Laquan McDonald.“Just another savage that needs to be exterminated,” wrote Booker Smith Jr., a Dallas police sergeant, about a homicide at a Dollar General store. “Execute all involved,” he wrote separately about a group of teens who were accused of killing a 6‑year-old. (One defendant pleaded guilty to aiding in the kidnapping. The alleged shooter and another defendant’s trials are scheduled for later this year.)
The Plain View Project, which monitors these behaviors, said when they contact police departments with evidence of their officer’s behavior, they are told that the information is forwarded to their internal affairs bureaus for review.
The lack of accountability that has become a staple in American policing is now becoming a national security nightmare.
Separate and apart from the African-American community’s complaints about police behavior, law enforcement is a wider threat to the nation’s security.
From the Federal Level to Municipalities, politicians of both political parties have turned a blind eye to police’s egregious conduct since policing emerged from the slave patrols.
No one would bell the cat; now, police departments are gargantuan organizations that generally make their own rules and play by their own rules.
It is so bad that citizens cannot have independent and meaningful oversight to the people they pay with their tax dollars. It is the greatest example of the tail wagging the dog.
Politicians who bow at the altar of police fealty are rewarded with cash and political support. This renders elected officials powerless to act to protect the public from rogue departments.
New York City, with its massive 30’000 plus departments, politicians who dare to speak out against the crimes of that department face all kinds of threats, including threats to their families’ safety.
In a normal world, those actions would not be coming from law enforcement that respects civilian authority.
The NYPD is not a normal department but an organization of thugs that murder, assault citizens, falsify reports, and lie through their teeth in court.
Even when they are caught lying under oath, no meaningful action is taken against them.
Even when they purport to [put methods in place to curtail racism, it turns out to be a bad joke.
(The Guardian reports)Deputy Inspector James Kobel had been relieved of his command in November while officials investigated the allegations he penned messages that the New York police department (NYPD) commissioner, Dermot Shea, called “abhorrent” and “utterly disgusting”. According to investigators, Kobel posted threatening, racist rhetoric on the platform known as Rant, a chat board for NYPD personnel, using the pseudonym “Clouseau,” drawing from the French detective in the Pink Panther film series. For more than a year, he attacked primarily Black and Jewish people and women, and the LGBTQ+ community.
The irony, James Kobel was tasked with leading its workplace anti-discrimination office. .…..Don’t laugh.
Philadelphia police detective Jennifer Gugger who attended the Trump insurrection on January 6th, reacted to Vice President Mike Pence’s tweet.
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Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.