The recent exposure of officers from New Rochelle and Mt. Vernon Police Departments comparing Black Lives Matter to hate groups on Facebook, disregarding the rights of residents having a say in how their communities are policed just shows the lack of compassion for the Black lives that these officers have sworn to protect and serve.
The first steps of President Obama’s 21st Century Police Model are legitimacy, transparency, and accountability. Unfortunately, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon make a weak attempt at claiming the new policing models when they have yet to produce policies and procedures that address the new view of policing when allowing their officers to display their bias to the citizenry that pays their salaries.
The well-regarded policing principals of Robert Peel called Peels Peelian Principles says that “The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.”
Black people like any other ethnic group have a right in how their community should be policed. Contrary to popular belief, this is a genuine meaning of Community Policing.
Mount Vernon Police Department should be the torchlight for addressing racial bias after a black officer in their own rank and file was killed off-duty by uniform officers while trying to make an arrest in what was labeled friendly fire. As National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals, if Black Lives don’t matter in our community, then how can the black lives of Black Law Enforcement matter to our white counterparts.
Unfortunately, this incident reinforces a larger issue of racial bias and embed cultural racism in the institution of law enforcement in Westchester County. When will our elected officials and police management have the testicular fortitude, to be honest, and address the issue of racism in our police departments?
Damon K. Jones
New York Representative
Blacks In Law Enforcement of America