As the policing systems in the USA and around the world seem to be under a microscope in 2020, I am not sure that complainers know that so many of the reform policies they demand have been underway for years, decades even. Outsider citizens would be ignorant of these inner workings. One long term reform topic is the systemic, racial diversity programs and laws in the USA (and around the world).
For example, the mission of Affirmative Action, and this certainly includes policing, has been around for 5 decades. In the 1970s I tried to get hired by several police agencies in Texas. Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding cities and was told that the recruiting efforts were geared for minorities. One Houston PD black recruiting officer confessed to me that my break would have to come way later, as their mission was to hire black officers. Even after my stint in the military police, some cities would not take me for the same AA reasons.
My retired, cop friend Arlie Everett for one, had the same problem back then, but did eventually get hired in San Antonio, but the academy was postponed for quite a while until they achieved a 51% black attendance, as was their on-going rule. As my friends exited the army military police, this was a common new-job, police, problem.
Now, some might call that reverse discrimination, and that I was a victim of that. But for some, there is no such thing as “reverse discrimination.” But you know, I persevered, and I am not bitter about the delays. It was just a fact of life back then and now too. Just life. I and many others know this was and is still also true and not just in policing but in many other businesses and in colleges and college scholarships, etc. Through the years and police contacts I’ve heard this same story from officers all over the USA, Canada, England and Europe.
My British friend David Robert Giles reported, “I was turned down by the UK Police 3 times because the emphasis was on women & ethnic minorities. Broke my heart at the time.”
There have been major priorities to hire Blacks first, then Asians and Hispanics. There was also a huge movement for women of any color going on, but hiring minority women counted as a “two” or the nickname “two-fer,” in hiring quota stats. I am not sure these newby, mostly young, citizen reformers know anything about this 50 year history –
***** “Police departments have experienced some of the most aggressive affirmative action programs ever implemented in the United States (McCrary, 2007; Miller and Segal, 2012). Beginning in the late 1960s with a number of employment discrimination lawsuits, federal courts began mandating affirmative action plans with the intended effect of increasing the shares of nonwhite and female police officers. Court-imposed affirmative action plans often take the form of hiring quotas, but also may affect standards for promotion. Some police departments are still under affirmative action plans today , often from court-imposed plans going back to the 1970s. The justification.” – Estimating Effects of Affirmative Action in Policing: A Replication and Extension, by Maryah Garner, Anna Harvey, Hunter Johnson NYU Scholars
***** “America’s police departments have become increasingly diverse since the late 1980s.” – Bureau of Justice Statistics.
***** “Many businesses have invested hundreds of millions of dollars on diversity initiatives each year. “ Harvard Business Review
And probably now, more than ever, police agencies are trying ever more to dodge that perceived “whitey reputation” and seriously pushing all kinds of minority hires. Biased or ignorant outsiders have no idea how important this movement has been and is, within federal, state, county and city police agencies (and big business).
I still think that Affirmative Action needs to stay around a little while longer, despite my being “bumped aside” in various endeavors. In the big picture, like I said, I am okay with that. It is and has long been, a “norm” white people know and kind of groan about, but we just live with. And, this is complicated issue, to be looked at on a job-by-job” category investigation especially in policing (see more stats below).
Asians? Hispanics? It seems the young adult, screaming public that wants so to segregate us and race-bait us, doesn’t care about Asians that much? Asians are officially diminished by them, discriminated into the “white adjacent” category. Yes, that is their chosen political correct discrimination for Asians. “White Adjacent.” Like…like co-conspirators. I still haven’t figured out how the radical regime feel about Hispanics yet, other than “open borders” and “no deportations.” I have read some hate-speech from them that Hispanics are also belittled with the nickname “white adjacent,” and “white or light-skinned” and “Hispanic Adjacent,” or “Latin Adjacent.” Here’s a winner I read on social media the other day,
“white women of color,” – this probably from a woman who wants everyone unisex, yet spins the color wheel like a roulette wheel.
(I do think Dr Martin Luther King would absolutely turn over in his grave to hear all this skin color crap.) I don’t know how involved in this “socialist revolution,” Hispanics and Asians are with this destructive, anti-capitalist, anarchy stuff. Seems like they or their very recent relatives escaped from all that to come to North America. And now here it all is again.
I know, trained and trained with, and have worked with and for, for many years, numerous blacks officers and agents already in place, trust them, and African-American personnel growth in police would help shut racial, perception problems down when human mistakes and messes happen. And mistakes will be made. Forever. It is the human condition. (In Texas in the past few years, there have been a few black officers shoot black and white people – a few unarmed ones! -…crickets in the news. The arrested cops in the George Floyd death were Black, Asian and white. Humans are humans and all humans screw up.)
I do expect the police of all races to at least try do their jobs, but when they are forced to work under delirious liberal politicians like the mayor of Seattle for example, who called the recent CHOP/CHAZ fiasco just a “patriotic block party,” life for the police can be really tough. I would like to take a moment to support Seattle police chief Carmen Best. If you are religious, please say a prayer for her. I have been watching her and she has been wrung through a wringer of liberal idiots, walking a tightrope as she tries to save her city. Defunding her agency she says-
“…cutting the budget by 50 percent would be “catastrophic for public safety” in general. And, Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best warned activist groups and council members alike that the department’s “newest, most broadly diverse officers on patrol” would be the first employees they are “forced to terminate” under the proposed budget cuts. Best wrote a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan Friday cautioning that at least 50 percent of BIPOC (minority) officers would be the first people fired, as these newer officers are in patrol and labor laws have a say who is let go. She’s trying, but…(here’s the story) https://www.newsweek.com/seattle-police-say-most-non-white-officers-will-fired-if-city-cuts-budget-1517188
And in the photo spread above , I just love our new Dallas Chief Renee Hall. She put up with one night of rioting and looting and hit the streets the next night. Hundreds have been arrested. (She recently “told off” liberal reporters in a press conference and on another day repelled off a 15 story building, just cause she could.) And a special shout-out to Chicago police superintendent/chief David Brown (formally, once our popular Dallas PD Chief down here in Texas.)
To play the “race Numbers Game,” critics and social experts have to prepare some sort of standard or reference and usually that is a race-per-capita chart. If 10% of the population is Hindu, then 10% of the police force MUST be Hindu. At a shallow level this seems fine, but if you have a fantastic and successful police department that is 100% Hindu, or 100% black, leave them alone. Why screw that up just to play this appearance-perception numbers game? Good, smart people are good, smart people. Remember that 88% of local police agencies in the United States are staffed with fewer than 100 officers. 88% percent. Most of the agencies with the biggest perceived racial problems are actually in the 1.2% category of departments, agencies with 250 or more officers. Even before all this recent, riot mess, only 40% of the New York City Police Department was white. 58% of the Atlanta Police Department is black. Chicago PD has 904 Latinos, 902 white officers and 443 African Americans. 47.7% of the local police agencies in the country have fewer than ten officers. Fewer than ten! What are their race populations? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.6% of the U.S. population is black. Or, they say “Black Alone” and not in combination with any other race is 13.4%. (https://blackdemographics.com/) And 12.5% is Hispanic.
Look at this in a more digestible “list formatting.”
- 88% of local police agencies in the United States are staffed with fewer than 100 officers.
- 47.7% of the local police agencies in the country have fewer than ten officers.
- Most of the agencies with the biggest perceived racial problems are actually in the 1.2% – agencies with 250 or more officers. I think you will find all these agencies are run by the Democratic party, and for many, many years.
- Only 40% of the New York City Police Department is white.
- 58% of the Atlanta Police Department is black.
- Chicago PD has 904 Latinos, 902 white officers and 443 African Americans.
- According to the recent U.S. Census Bureau, 12.3% of the U.S. population is black, and 12.5% is Hispanic.
- Then inside this 14.6%, how many of the 14 or 15% Afro-Americans in the USA want to be cops? Very few people in general, of any race, want to become cops as. It is hard to recruit black officers to the high percentages the public demands or perceives. The numbers tell you this as well as my friends in recruiting and police academies through the decades. It is hard to hit quotas!
I was talking with a friend recently, in the command staff of an agency, regretting the retirement of their favorite police chief.
“I wonder who we’ll get next?” he said.
“Probably a black female.” I said.
The future of the police business for a while is in black police chiefs and certainly black, FEMALE police chiefs. If they are good, righteous, cop-hearted folks? I’m all in. Good, smart people are good, smart people. Chiefs (and Sheriffs) of all colors will be liked and disliked inside and outside their departments, because it is a TERRIBLE, often no-win, job. But we need them now. It may be a necessity for police, law and order, survival in these times of defund, disband and abolish.
Pew Research for one, has identified numerous opinions and surveys revealing bad opinions and troubles with police in general from small interpersonals to big problems. Some of these opinions are based on hearsay and media-driven-pounded perceptions. The elusive and sought after COPs program (Community Oriented Policing) also around since the 1980s and not at all new, recognized this and is really based on perception-handling. Advertising. The opinions, mixed with perceptions, mixed with realities are a problem. All the more reason to have a preponderance of good, smart, black officers. This is an over 50 year goal of major police agencies in the USA.
For the young and/or uneducated, great unwashed out there – this “new” police diversity you seek has been a systemic, police diversity mission for over 5 decades. But today is a new day. It is that time again to plead – so here goes the 53-year old sales pitch yet again. More smart black people need to become cops. And then they need to get promoted. Study! Test! Let’s get over this bad time now when police are used as pawns, in race-baiting politics, in riots, and a hoax and a trick to instigate white and black people toward Marxism and anarchy. Build not destroy. I still believe in the famous dream…
And a sad story addendum to this message…
Award Winning Atlanta Police Investigator Leaving Law Enforcement…...
“We’re one bullet away from death and one mistake away from an indictment’ – Tyrone Dennis. An award wining Atlanta police detective is walking away from law enforcement. His reasons are similar to concerns that are reverberating throughout the industry. Detective Tyrone Dennis is calling it quits. He’s leaving the Atlanta Police Department due to the dramatic change in American perceptions and treatment of law enforcement. Sadly, “he’s the kind of officer people are clamoring for in these challenging times,” reporter Mark Winne said.
“Policing now is almost like rolling the dice with your life.” – Dennis spoke to the news organization and expressed sentiments that are being felt by cops throughout the country.
“We’re one bullet away from death and one mistake away from an indictment,” he said during an interview with WSB TV.
Nevertheless, he’s humbled by the lives he’s changed as an Atlanta cop.
“As a police officer, God put me in people’s lives for a reason,” Dennis said. Yet after 16 years, the police veteran is walking away since so much has changed in a combustible year.
“2020 has changed everything about policing; about my life,” he said.
Dennis is proud of his professional achievements, including being recognized, along with his partner, as the 2015 Investigators of the Year; the 2017 U.S. attorney’s Award for Community Service; the 2019 City Council proclamation; and APD’s Commendation Award for his creation of “Clippers and Cops,” which is an internationally recognized barbershop based bridge between police and the people they serve, WSB-TV reported.
Dennis said he isn’t going to judge either way the officer charged in the death of Rayshard Brooks last month, but “we are all demonized like we physically did it.” He also said that two of the officers recently charged in the tasing of two college students at a recent protest were his friends. “That could have been me,” he said. “It could’ve been anyone of us.” Dennis said he returned home after working during protests one night, and his daughter said, “Daddy, I don’t want you to be police no more.”
The veteran detective discussed the lack of value officers feel. “We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t. I pray for our city. I pray for my police department,” Dennis said. “I pray that we can work together. It takes everybody. … God guides my steps everyday.
Interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said he is sorry to see Dennis go. However, he claims recruiting in the city is going remarkably well considering all the strife that is occurring in our country.
Hock’s email is HockHochheim@Forcenecessary.com