Friday, July 8, 2011

Police Chief Hearings: Disappointed

I was dismayed and disappointed to hear (I have conflicts on Wednesday and Thursday evenings that keep me from going in person so the quotes are from the KC Star), that so many people spoke against looking outside the Kansas City Police Department for its new chief. Someone who knew all the processes, and had deep roots in the neighborhood, who could hit the ground running without a long learning curve.


I want a new police chief who knows how to run a law enforcement organization, who isn't afraid of the politically connected, and who cares not what color law breakers are, but only that they have broken the law and will be dealt with accordingly!

It cannot be underestimated that the above, which comes from Black ministers and community leaders, could also be seen as "The police chief must be Black." As I have blogged before, I don't care what color the chief is. As far as I am concerned, the police chief is BLUE, the color of the rule of order around here.

I am severely disappointed in so-called community leaders stuck in victimology and quotas who seem incapable of realizing that what we have and are doing now is not working. Our city has a way high homicide rate, a growing national rep for not being safe, and a citizenry for whom safety and crime are becoming issue 1A--only the economy and jobs beating it out. Thinking inside the old and busted box of what we're doing now is not going to cut it. It's time for new blood.

Think outside the department for the new police chief.


Bob G. said...

If I didn't know better, I'd SWEAR you were talking about the FORT WAYNE police chief (Rusty York, who is more white than blue)....same "M.O."

Better to be PC than fighting crime and has officers walking on eggshells, so as not to "disturb the minority communities...(where ALL the damn crime is)...well, that's all BS to me.

He also reprimands officers regularly for minor infractions, because HE gets a "kickback"...aka $$$)

My BIGGEST problem is that our department is WAY too busy chasing radio calls, arriving AFTER the fact...and to ME, that doesn't quite measure up to the whole "PROTECT AND SERVE" thing.

Not enough PATROLS, and relatively NO officers living in areas they run calls in, makes for a disconnect WITH that community.

We USED to have (in Philly) BEAT COPS...actually WALKING the streets, getting to know everyone...and crime WAS lower because of it.

Today, some cities are GOING BACK to such practices, due to the fact that what's been in place just isn't working to PREVENT crime.

And if you can PREVENT crime, it never takes place.
When you arrive on scene AFTER a crime, it's not's INVESTIGATION.
But, it's not like I know ANYTHING about this, right?

VERY good post.

Stay safe out there.

chuck said...

Good luck.

Check out what happened to this Police Chief when he told the truth.

The tacit and sub rosa unwritten agreement amongst the media and law enforcement, to downplay or ignore the race of murderers, rapists and thugs all over America, dictates that this police chief WILL be black, and he will not rock the boat.

No one with the balls to admit publicly, that the genesis of crime waves throughout American Cities is a black phenomenon will be elected or appointed to ANY public office.

Welcome to the Hip/Hop holocaust.

The Observer said...

Contrary to the bleatings of Alonzo and others, I do believe that police feel restrained by the race of those they deal with.

The absurd rate of crime in the Black community needs to be confronted by the Black community. Not in terms of past oppression or current economic times, but in terms of personal responsibility and a determination to do better.

Oh, there's more, but I'm out of WiFi--drat.

The Observer