Friday, March 11, 2016
Questioning The Public Integrity Bureau Chief's Integrity.
Recent comments by NOPD's deputy superintendent of its Public Integrity Bureau have led to resignation calls from the local Fraternal Order of Police ( FOP ) chapter and the Police Association of New Orleans ( PANO )- two groups I support.
At issue is her community meeting statement about how she would have arrested NOPD officers " on the spot " had they been Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office ( JPSO ) deputies involved in a fatal shooting in New Orleans.
Her words did not comfort NOPD officers expecting at least the semblance of impartiality from her office. Group bias is a very broad brush, one which can limit life chances and destroy careers.
Limited life chances and career destruction are brutal, whether one's skin tone is black or uniform color is blue.
I wish a concern for blue rights, civil liberties for police officers, had informed her commentary. A curt, " no comment " would have avoided this ordeal since an active investigation is underway.
Perhaps she was trying to comfort the suspect's grieving mother and show a skeptical crowd NOPD thinks Black Lives Matter, to borrow a popular slogan?
Speculation aside, the deputy superintendent may have given her retention-challenged department yet another reason for folks to seek bluer pastures elsewhere.
Another wedge has landed between the police, their command structure and a hostage public- one which New Orleans can ill afford.
It seems the integrity of the Public Integrity Bureau chief is being questioned.
I'm curious what answers will emerge. This promises to be interesting.
It's already disturbing.
-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, SWS founder & UrbanSafetyist. 504 214-3082.
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