The world witnessed police officers turning their backs at a funeral of one of their fallen comrades when the Mayor of city who was invited by the family of the fallen officer spoke.
To turn your back on someone or something is to refuse to help or assist. What message are union leaders like PBA President Pat Lynch sending to the taxpayers of the city by instructing his members to turn their backs on the office of the Mayor that de Blasio was elected to by a Democratic process, which is a right that every American holds dear?
What is most disturbing is seeing Black Police Officers joining in the buffoonery and side-show of PBA President Pat Lynch and other police leaders that joined in on the “Back Turning”. When Mr. Lynch decided that the Mayor didn’t support officers of the NYPD, the Mayor was being honest of his concerns of his own Black son having encounters with police.
Mayor de Blasio concerns are the same concerns of millions of black, brown and even white families that believe in a just and accountable policing system.
Mayor de Blasio concerns should be the same concerns of every Black Police Officer in NYPD as well as every other Black Police Officer throughout the country.
At any given day a Black Police Officer’s family member could be a victim of the same issues that the protesters are protesting about throughout the country. At any given day a without our uniform on, the Black Police Officer can be a victim or the same situations that the protesters are protesting about.
By Joining in this protest by PBA President Pat Lynch, Black Police Officers have become covert cowards. You have nodded and winked at institutional policies, practices, and patterns of behavior that disproportionately inflicted misery in you birth communities. It will become impossible for Black Police Officers to tell the truth in your homes after lying all day on your jobs.
Have Black Police Officers that turned their backs forgotten the many Black Officer that have reported to have complained being racially profiled while off-duty by those who you stand with your back turned?
Have the Black Police Officers that turned their backs forgot about the over 20 incidences of Black cops being shot, shot at or killed in New York by their White counterparts and the incident has never happen in the reverse?
Have the Black Police Officers that turned their back realized that former Governor Paterson’s “Police on Police Shooting Task Force” concluded that “racial bias” plays a role in an officers decision to uses deadly force on a subject.
Before Black Officers join a protest that is against the constitutional rights of citizenry of victims that look like you. As dues paying members of NYPD PBA, Black Police Officers should ask PBA President Pat Lynch and other Police leaders that support his stance what solutions have they brought to the table to make sure that these issues are being resolved.
As a national organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals, we recognize that there are four degrees of separation from Black Law Enforcement and the Black community when it comes to questionable and alleged police crimes. Either we know the victim, we know someone who knows the victim, the victim is a family member; or we are the victim.
Black Police Officers should no longer permit yourself to be relegated to the role of brutal pawns in a chess game of those like PBA President Pat Lynch and others while affecting the communities in which we serve.
We are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, neighbors, and members in the black community. Donning the blue uniform should not change this. On the contrary, it should sharpen our perception of our responsibilities as Black men and women in a society and a police departments and a Police Union Presidents like Pat Lynch that are seemingly unresponsive to the needs of Black people.
Damon K. Jones
New York Reprentative
Blacks In Law Enforcement of America