Tag: Police

Racist Letter on Official Police Letterhead Threatens Black Officers

By Chris Hoenig A threatening, racist letter written on official police department letterhead has led to an investigation within the Bridgeport (Conn.) Police Department. The letter, which opens and closes with “WHITE POWER” in all caps, says “these Black Officers belong in the toilet” and issues a warning to a…

Where Is the Diversity in Police Departments

By Sheryl Estrada Police departments around the country continue to lack diversity. On Thursday, USA TODAY released an analysis of Census estimates from 2000 to 2010. Across the nation almost three-quarters of all police officers, detectives and their supervisors are white, while the U.S. population is only about 64 percent…

Addressing the Perceptions of Law Enforcement Prejudice

Jan. 27, 2015 By Sheryl Estrada The perception of biased policing and mistrust of police officers has been prevalent in many Black and Latino communities in the U.S. The shooting death of Michael Brown, the choking death of Eric Garner, and the protests that followed were the tipping point. To…

What Do NYPD Officers Think of City Standoff Over #BlackLivesMatter

By Sheryl Estrada Kindness wasn’t on the agenda Tuesday during the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) meeting of delegates in Queens. According to the New York Daily News, the meeting, with about 350 in attendance, almost ended up in fisticuffs. Tempers flared, with members shouting at their president, Patrick Lynch, over…

Police Hide Data About the People They Kill

By Chris Hoenig Between 2007 and 2012, 1,242 people were killed by police in 105 of the largest police jurisdictions in the country, according to the FBI. But a Wall Street Journal analysis of those police departments revealed that there were more than 550 police-involved deaths not included in those…

President Obama: Mistrust of Police Has 'Corrosive Effect' on U.S.

By Albert Lin In his address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation on Saturday night, President Obama shined a spotlight on the heightened tensions between members of underrepresented groups and law enforcement. In the wake of the police shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the…

Fla. Police Officers Revealed as Members of KKK

By Albert Lin Two Florida police officers have lost their jobs after an FBI informant claimed that they are members of the Ku Klux Klan. According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) report, Fruitland Park Police Department Deputy Chief David Borst and Officer George Hunnewell were identified as…

Fired S.C. Lesbian Police Chief Is Reinstated

By Julissa Catalan Two months after allegedly being fired for her sexual orientation, Crystal Moore has returned to her job as police chief of Latta, S.C. Moore was born and raised in Latta, which has a population of 1,350. Most of its townspeople rallied behind Moore, who had been with…

DOJ: Albuquerque Police Use 'Excessive Force'

By Julissa Catalan Photo by Shutterstock On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department announced that their four-year-long investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department has concluded and that the APD “engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including deadly force.” According to a detailed letter from Jocelyn Samuels,…