Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The OIPM is Our Last Chance.

New Orleans Office of Independent Police Monitor ( OIPM ) has an August meeting with the Ethics Review Board, its regulatory body. At issue will be making the OIPM's emancipation from the city's Office of Inspector General ( OIG ) permanent, along with other critical issues. Supporting the OIPM, especially in a season of political homicide targeting police officers, offers a solution as communities reel under officer-involved shootings and violent public disruption. Unlike elitist office holders and appointees, the OIPM validates the poor and progressive as readily as others cater to the rich and conservative. 

This office, under the leadership of Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson, has deep bonds with urban stakeholders normally ignored by the political class. Civilian oversight of police is the last chance to bind together a social order fracturing before our very eyes. If local urban stakeholders fail to support the OIPM, it's only a matter of time before New Orleans becomes the next Fergueson, Baltimore or more recently, Dallas and Baton Rouge. The stakes are that high. 

I support the Office of Independent Police Monitor for all these reasons. 

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist and SWS: Security Within SELF Urban Fellowship founder. 504 214-3082. Bro Al Mims, chaplin. 

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