S3E4: Policing and racism. What to do when cops shoot w. Det Small

Today’s show is timely as stories in the newspaper and on social media speak of policing and racism within law enforcement.

People are tired of reading stories where cops shoot an unarmed man in the back, then say they where in fear for their lives.

What is going on?

After today’s show, I hope it becomes clear why the police and law enforcement will not change under the current system.

Sgt Newberg

Take it like a man

We begin with a story from outside Baltimore, Maryland where a police sergeant tackled and arrested a man for so called “interfering” in a police stop.

The officer in question is Ethan Newberg, a white police sargent who happens to be the second  highest paid city employee in 2018.  The man makes almost ¼ million tax payer dollars a year.

Newberg was at the scene of an arrest earlier in May.

When Lee Dotson, an African American man, walked pass the arrest and made a comment, the cop ran after Dotson and threw him to the ground.

Dotson asks why he’s being arrested, saying he is exercising his right to free speech, but the office was not having it saying the suspect should take his charges  “like a man”.

When asked why he was being arrested Newberg said it was because “you don’t know how to act”. 

The officer then turned on colleague from another unit who arrived at the scene.

When told to relax, Newberg said “leave my scene” and “ Don’t you ever tell me how to do my job”.

The sargent, still being videotaped, says:

“You can take your hand-holding somewhere else,” he says. “This is police work.”

Newberg is being charged with misconduct and false imprisonment against Dotson. 

Charges against Dotson were dismissed. 

Phoenix mayor apologies

Over the weekend the mayor of Phoenix, Arizona had to apologize over the treatment of a pregnant mother, her children and the children’s father when video caught the cops threatening her and attempting to take her child by force.

Many watching the event in real time thought the cops would shoot the woman and her boyfriend for nothing.

In her statement, Mayor Gallego said she was “sick” over what she saw in the video and called police officers’ behavior “completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional.”

“I am deeply sorry for what this family went through, and I apologize to our community,” Gallego said. “This is not who we are, and I refuse to allow this type of behavior to go unchallenged.”

Racist Facebook Group

This all comes as an online group called Reveal found a racist Facebook group for law enforcement which had hundreds of active and retired officers.

Revel turned what they found over to the relevant law enforcement agencies which are beginning an extensive review of the findings.  

The results could be catastrophic for some departments as convictions of black, Muslim and Hispanic criminals could be overturned on appeal if one or more of the cops in the group were involved in the convictions.

From Reveal

More than 50 departments launched internal investigations after being presented with our findings, in some cases saying they would examine officers’ past conduct to see if their online activity mirrored their policing in real life. And some departments have taken action, with at least one officer being fired for violating department policies.

U.S. law enforcement agencies, many of which have deeply troubled histories of discrimination, have long been accused of connections between officers and extremist groups. At the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, marchers flew a “Blue Lives Matter” flag alongside anti-Semitic and white supremacist messages. In Portland, Oregon, police officers were found to have been texting with a far-right group that regularly hosts white supremacists and white nationalists at its rallies. A classified FBI Counterterrorism Policy Guide from April 2015, obtained by The Intercept, warned that white supremacists and other far-right groups had infiltrated American law enforcement.