Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers Newsletter
Issue Number 16
April 2017
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Born a slave she believed it was her mission to minister to those "lost" people the addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes.  
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Dear Friends and Members,

On Wednesday, March 29th I said "goodbye" to 32 years with the Boston Police Department, and I felt like one of Harriet Tubman's runaway slaves.  I have been guided and mentored by some phenomenal men and women in my career, and I have had a wonderful time.  I am neither bitter nor angry and why would I be.  I have been "blessed to have worked in some of the finest districts and I didn't see until I was forced to.  Those who know me know I have always worn either "contacts" or glasses. When they are a rose shade you see only what is convenient.  There are some places within this Department that will not allow you that comfortable " blindness".  You see the ugliness, you see the double standard, the racism, the discrimination, you see it and it sees you.  You and others will try to make excuses for it because it does not effect you.  They will even ask you, "Why does it always have to be about race" trying to deflect from the fact that it is.  

On Sunday, March 12th an article was reported in the Globe about the discrimination within the Massachusetts State Police.  A commanding officer threatened to sell a new Trooper to another plantation!  That new Trooper rose to the rank of Major but nothing changed.  The stench of discrimination is alive and well in the State Police, Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department, MBTA School Department, City Hall and private industry. This is the Boston we live in.  The Governor refused to comment on it when asked by a reporter, "I can't comment on something tied up in litigation".  But we can say discrimination will not be tolerated anywhere on my watch!  

Discrimination on any level should have everyone crying out.  Every politician took a stand when the "Outvets" were not going to be allowed to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, as well they should have.  But those same politicians have been noticeably quiet when it comes to the 'lawsuits" involving our members and the money that the Department has spent knowing the Court deemed the case discriminatory. That 1.6 million dollars is your money, taxpayer money.  

Our partner and friend, Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice was detained in Logan Airport, and has his passport and citizenship papers questioned after returning from a vacation.  When are we going to stop thinking that this is about someone else and this does not effect me. 

If you are not yet convinced On March 14th the Globe printed an article on UMass Chancellor Keith Motley.   The University had been warned it was over extending itself and was operating in the "red" but it was the language that was used that was demeaning and discrediting that I find upsetting.  They allowed the Chancellor's contract to expire and said he will be the FACE of the University!  
 
 If you are not part of the ACLU, Urban League, MAMLEO, NAACP I suggest membership.  

MAMLEO continues to sends get well wishes to Linda Strother Lyons and Bobby Tabb.  We wish you a speedy recovery and our love.  We send our condolences to Sergeant Detective Karl Strothers on the death of his father, Mr. Edmund P. Strothers, may he rest in peace. We e xtend our congratulations to Sergeant John Burns on his retirement, be well and enjoy life.  


Respectfully, 

Denise DePina Reed
A Message from the President
 
Larry Ellison, President of MAMLEO

 
We are not the problem!  In 1968 the Massachusetts Association of Afro American Police came to be in the basement of Officer Prescott "Rick" Thompson's basement.  The reason they got together was they had enough of being treated like second class officers by the Boston Police Department.  In the winter they walked a beat and in the summer they road in non-air conditioned cars.  William "Billy" Celester passed the Sergeant's exam and  Commissioner Joe Jordan told him they would never make him a Sergeant.  These men were not only bypassed for promotions but they didn't get their fair share of details or overtime. They made nothing compared to what we make today but risked all to make a place at the "table" for the next generation to have a shot at becoming a police officer.  There were those just like today that cried out "they're  "troublemakers" but in the words of someone I admire, Congressman John Lewis, "Sometimes you got to make a little necessary trouble"!  If we relied on those who hid in the "kitchen" we would still be in the field instead of wearing this uniform.   We are trying to keep a place at the table for the next generation should they "want" to be a police officer.   

Since Evans and Walsh took office the number of minority officers has dropped despite their cries of diversity.  In a USA article Police Commissioner Evans in speaking about Veteran hiring preference hindering diversity he states, "Obviously, it's a tough job for a minority.  They are in a community that really doesn't like them.  And they think they are a sellout, you know. "Uncle Toms".  If I say anything regarding this comment I will be accused of taking his words out of context, so I will leave you to read into it what you will.

With officers of color being disciplined much harsher than our counterparts and promotions being based on cronyism and not merit, we are not the problem but we are going to work toward a solution to it.  
IN MEMORIAM
 
The Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers would like to take this opportunity to send our condolences to the families of Sergeant Shawn T. Anderson, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana, Police Officer Michael Hance New York Police Department, Trooper Brian S. Falb, New York State Police, Police Officer Houston James Largo, Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police and Police Officer Justin Terney, Oklahoma Police Department.   

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families as well as the extended family of brother and sister officers in their time of sorrow.  May they rest in peace.
 Updates
      


On Saturday, April 8th at 1:00 pm The Women's Survivors of Homicide will be remembering all victims of unsolved homicides at District B-2 2400 Washington Street Roxbury, Mass.  You are asked to wear something purple and bring a photograph of your loved one.  There will be food, fellowship gospel choir and light refreshments.

Encuentro5 - Our Dinner Honoring Councilor Charles Yancey Saturday, April 8th at 6:30 pm 26 West Street Boston, Mass 0211.  for more information and tickets contact
http://10th.encuentro5.org or directly on EventBrite.  

Community Listening Session - NAACP - Criminal Justice and Policing Thursday, April 13th 6:00 - 7:30 pm location to be determined.  Education - Thursday, April 27th 6:00 - 7:30 pm Charles Street AME Church

There will be a walking tour of Grove Hall, Dorchester's rich collection of architectural and historical gems on Sunday, April 30th from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  The tour will start in front of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School 60 Washington Street and is free and open to everyone.  For more information contact Ed Gaskin at ewgaskin@gmail.com.

The Dream Factory are working together to create a professional development training and mentoring program aimed at providing at-risk high school students with an innovative music program.  For more information contact team@lab584.org or Liora Beer (617)456-1131. 


On Saturday, April 29th the Boston Police Academy will be hosting their 5th Big for a Day Event with the Big Sister Association of Massachusetts.  They are looking for participants for a variety of activities such as self defense, trivia and games.  There are over 300 girls ready to be matched with Big Sisters.  If you have a little time and a willing spirit contact P.O. Sophia Vega-Jones by Friday. April 7th at sophia.vega@pd.boston.gov.
A Prayer for our City Boston Mayoral Candidates must address Race and Poverty
 
"I think that the issue of race in the mayor's election is not high enough on the pecking order of issues that need to raised ... " said Darnell Williams, CEO and executive director of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. "In terms of income [disparity], it's one thing to count the number of homeless on the streets and give them a blanket. It's another thing to deal with their problems through policy.
Important Information
 

To minimize the risk of retiring with charges pending once you have decided on the date you are going to retire, it might be a good idea to call or visit the Internal Affairs Division and have someone there check into your file to see if there are any open or pending cases.  Give them at least a three month head start before Human Resources sends any paperwork to the Retirement Board.  This will allow them to work on closing anything that is open, and you can retire in peace.

The Department is scrutinizing overtime and details looking for "Larceny".  What do they consider larceny?  When you take an 8 hour detail that you knew you could not complete, and leave early telling the vendor you are going to go over your hours. When your overtime is for 4 hours and you get relieved early but your slip is still for the 4 hours.  When you put in a slip for overtime and you're a no-show.  These are all practices that everyone has done including Supervisors but the Department is looking to make an example of someone.  It has been my experience that the example is always "US".  So a word to the wise don't become a guest of IAD.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES

Denise DePina Reed, Angelene Richardson, Deputy Superintendent Dennis White, Captain Haseeb Hosein,  Deputy Superintendent Joe Harris, Stacy Gomes, Sergeant Det. Courtney Matthews,  (Retired) Donald Brown, and Janine Busby, 
 
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The views and opinions in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Inc