Once again Police Union Leadership like SBA President, Ed Mullins uses weak rhetoric to connect the want of police accountability to crime rates in the community of color throughout the nation.
The New York Post reported that Mr. Mullins stated:
“They [politicians] take the position of defending the criminal. The incident that took place in Baltimore probably highlights everything that’s occurring in the country,” Mullins said.
People of color continue to be killed. It’s a direct connection between proactive policing and reactive policing. Apparently the populace wants a reactive police department nationwide.”
Mr. Mullins also makes reference to President Obama:
“Our leadership, from the president on down, has sent the message that law enforcement across the country are the bad guys,” Mullins said.
To blame the failure of police management and a few police officers in creating a comprehensive plan to solve the influx of killings in the communities of color on the overall request for police reform, is just more smoke and mirrors and scapegoating that they have failed miserably in their primary duty to provide the public with an honest, efficient, effective police service that ensures the rule of law and an environment of safety and security.
Mr. Mullins, like his counterpart, NYPD PBA President Pat Lynch conveniently points fingers at those who seek police reform to build better community relations, instead of directly addressing the problems or being solution orientated in stopping officers from violating policies, procedures and training.
What we now see is that police union leadership, that historically have had dominate white leadership have changed their roles of protecting the interest of the officers labor rights to employing strong and at sometimes racist rhetoric to defend officers accused of wrongdoing when accused of killing black men and women.
Finally, Mr. Mullins like many police unions presidents, fail to realize that they are city employees. Their salaries and benefits are paid by the taxpayer that they have sworn to protect and serve. To request reform is not to say all officers are bad. It’s recognizing a clear need to correct those few officers that violate the oath that makes even the good officer’s job harder.
Damon K. Jones
New York Representative
Blacks in Law Enforcement of America