The Pardu

The Pardu
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Monday, December 29, 2014

A Mayor Boo'd Reminds Of The Booing Of The Gay Iraq War Officer


New York City Mayor spoke at a police academy graduation this morning. I have read reports of as many as 900 in attended the event. And, "only a few" turned their backs on the mayor and apparently among his introduction applause, the sound of child-like boos could be heard.

The mayor started his brief remarks as follows:  
“On this day that we want to focus on your great achievement. A day that so many of you have looked forward to — I’m sure it is a day you simultaneously feel some apprehension and your families do as well,” the mayor said, before acknowledging the need to protect the officers. 
“We ask you to selflessly protect others, but it’s our job to protect you,” de Blasio said. He added that the city would provide training, resources, and funding for the 894 new officers who graduated on Monday so they could do their jobs safely and well.

The words of a true and enlightened leader who happens to have a wife who is African-American and children from the marriage. During public comments after the grand Jury decision not to indict the killers of Eric Garner via an illegal police choke hold, the mayor spoke frankly and compassionately about how he and his wife have schooled their son on dangers in the streets of New York.  Anytime we consider the streets of New York, we must consider the security of police officers and the fear of some from those same people in blue.

The Mayors remarks that so bothered many of NYC police.

Police officer disparate treatment of black vs white apprenhendees and detainees is well documented. The city via at least two mayors prior to De Blasio maintained a police department policy of "Stop and Frisk."  The words are as they appear, stop people for any reason frisk the detainee and theoretically slow weapon related crime, or take drugs off the streets. Former Mayor Guiliani is traipsing around conservative media spewing data as such: "93% of homicides in the black community are committed by a BLACK."  He does not state that 83% of white homicides are committed by whites. It is easy to see why the nation's most populated city would maintain a police of disparate treatment against black males. Leadership matters! 

In 2013, The Center For A Just Society published a Mother Jones graphic that clearly shows the disparate police treatment of African-Americans vs. other non-black "stops."

If you missed the astounding message from the graphic above, maybe this graphic will help:
stop and frisk nypd new york
15 Facts about Stop and Frisk (Huffington Post)

If we show the image of Stop and Frisk on communities we must following with a look at NYC crime after Stop and Frisk was ended by Mayor De Blasio.

The New Republic via the Washington Post.

Now take a look at the Washington Post graphic you certainly knew would follow.

In March of 2014, The Daily Kos reported on a widely circulate story of NYC Police Officer Pedro Serrano and his challenge to a Deputy Police Inspector regarding "Stop and Frisk."  The following excerpt from The Daily Kos includes a link to the audio tape and a transcript of the interchange.

Officer Pedro Serrano began taping his superior officer Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack after he was given a poor performance review. Serrano alleges it was the result of him not meeting his summonses quotas and he wanted evidence to show he was being unfairly treated. 
 Stop “the right people, the right time, the right location,” Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack is heard saying on the recording. 
“So what am I supposed to do: Stop every black and Hispanic?” Serrano was heard saying on the tape, which was recorded last month at the 40th Precinct in the Bronx. 
“I have no problem telling you this,” the inspector said on the tape. “Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.”

The tape and testimony are a part of a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. The NYPD's defense was able to get Serrano to admit that McCormack didn't say "allblacks and latinos." So there's a victory for people who still want to believe that the policy wasn't out and out racist. 
For his part, Officer Serrano says he's been ostracized and called a "rat" by fellow officers. 

"Backs Turned in Protest?"

Society actually devolves, when a nation evolves to a reality in which large groups of people supposedly commissioned to uphold the law, band together against authority (their ultimate boss) based on the reality of the a non-complimentary NYC cop history.

I can recall only a couple of instances where the shame of of a group of people reaches to point of an exhibition that not long ago would have been considered UnAmeican.

I. During a GOP president debate a gay active duty in country US officer asked Rick Santorum question about "Don't Ask; Don't Tell."  Note the boo's.

II. During another debate session from the same campaign the American conservative also exhibited what I will continue to call as shameful. "Let em Die."

My point in journeying over to boo's and the turning of backs in protest against De Blaso reminds of the disgust inherent in the two exhibitions above. While I am in no way suggesting the NYC protest is a protest of conservatives only (I wouldn't be so naive), I am find the displays against the mayor in the same despicable realm as the debate reactions.

Could the paradigm shift from former New York City Mayor like Giuliani and Bloomberg be so formidable, De Blasio's obvious social views were destined to manifest in trouble among his police force. 

Leadership matters!

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