Should local law enforcement agencies employees have the same racial makeup as the city they work in? An editorial on this subject appeared in the Press Telegram in reference to the Long Beach Police Department. We received this Letter to the Editor re: Long Beach police force needs to reflect the community it protects: Editorial stating a department needs to be ethical not necessarily more reflective of the ethnic makeup of the community.
“I want a diverse police department, I want a rainbow that reflects this community but I won’t lower the standard,” Luna said.
What Chief Luna failed to discuss is the treatment of the African-Americans that have already been hired by the department. Many of the African-Americans have been systematically wiped under the umbrella of “at will” employee while on training. Despite having college degrees in subjects such as journalism, the department was still able to eliminate African-American officers while on training for subjective reasons like bad report writing skills.
Many of the African-American recruits were sent to an African-American training officer who was known by the name “Black Out” because African-American recruits were often fired after going through training under him. Sending African-American recruits to African-American training officers was intentionally done to cover up the obvious racist intention to fire African American recruits.
The culture of the LBPD is so racist that many of the senior African-American officers have suppressed their feelings for decades out of the fear of retaliation. The LBPD is so unethical that when an African-American officer filed a racial discrimination complaint, the department immediately filed an internal affairs complaint against him, while allowing one of the supervisors in his discrimination complaint to be the internal affairs investigator in the department’s complaint against him.
The moment any African-American officer openly expresses ill feelings about mistreatment, they are automatically labeled as the problem in the situation and eventually will fall victim to character assassination. The department currently has several lawsuits from former or current African-American employees with discrimination complaints.
The department is misleading everyone with photos of them shaking hands with people of the minister alliance and other prominent African-American community leaders, sending a false impression of their acceptance of African-Americans.
The Long Beach PD has mastered the art of manipulation. With a recent history of minority police chiefs (former African-American Chief Batts and current Latino Chief Luna), the false impression of diversity is given. Truthfully, however, neither Batts or Luna are well-respected by officers of their race. Less African-Americans were promoted under former Chief Batts’ watch than former Chief Jim McDonnell’s. The cronyism, nepotism, and racism has run this department for decades.
Black & Blue
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