Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers Newsletter
Issue Number 17
 May 2017
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Not all of us are suited for Corporate America but we are always willing to work hard if given the opportunity.  The unemployment rate for African American women in February was 7.1 percent according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.  That's compared to a national employment rate of 4.1 percent.
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May 5, 2017
Ravi Coltrane 
May 6
Roy Haynes & Fountain of Youth Band 
May 13
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May 19 & 20

Opening Night w/ Queen Latifah hosted by the Boston Pops
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Maxwell
June 9, 2017
 
John Legend 
June 23, 2017

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July 13, 2017
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Isley Brothers
June 15, 2017
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John Legend
June 19, 2017
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August 25, 2017
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Denise DePina Reed
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Dear Friends and Members,

 
Most of us who remember when Ferndinand's Furniture Store was the center of the triangle in Dudley are about to retire.  On a Saturday afternoon one could only described the area as "busy".  There was Blair's Foodland, Kornfield's Pharmacy, Kresge's , Nubian Notion, Dutton's, Woolworths, Lindy's, Robells, Thom McCann Shoe Store, Kennedy's Eggs and Butter and Freddy Parker's Chicken. I am sure there are many others I have forgotten.  For those that needed alcoholic libation there was the Highland Tap, The Clock, The Patio and The Blue Moon. Spinelli's made the best subs and they were not afraid to put meat on your sub.  There was the Army & Navy Store across from Dudley Station and Joe & Nemos. The "T" ran much better then with less.  

This is the Roxbury I grew up with.  There are those that hail from Rhode Island, New Hampshire and the like now working in Boston  that think Roxbury had no soul. That it is, and was, this lifeless place of crime and poverty.  If you thought Roxbury came alive on Saturday, you had to see it on Sunday morning where every church was in its glory and the faithful were in attendance.  Little girls in white ankle socks, patent leather shoes with frilly dresses on their way to St. Cyprian's Church, Charles Street AME or Grant's.  That was when people came to worship dressed in their finest and their children knew they had better act accordingly. Sunday morning everything except the church was closed.  

These homes in the back of Cedar Street, Humbolt Ave (you noticed I said Humbolt Ave not H Block) and along Warren Street that are being siphoned off, Black families owned them. Even those families that rented took pride in their home. I lived on Townsend Street next to "The Whitkers".  My backyard was a whole field that led out to the rocks looking down on what is now New Academy Estates.  There was this tiny variety store tucked in the corner that sold penny candy.   Every house on that street was always neat, well kept. My father had this ritual, every Saturday he would take the four of us to feed the ducks along the Muddy River than we would go to Franklin Park.   Go by Monroe Park, which is now called Horatio Harris Park, any Saturday and find it filled with families, Black and White. Speaking of parks, who remembers the "Kite Festival" in Franklin Park every year in May when countless families would descend on the golf course with their kites again both Black and White for a day in the Park.  "Juneteenth" another family outing when families would come back to Boston to celebrate our emancipation from slavery. 

 Close your eyes and you can hear the sound of the Orange Line rumbling down Washington Street, and the screech as the train rounded the bend heading into Dudley Station.  

At one time there were three theaters in Roxbury the Riveroli, the Uptown and the Roxy.  I can remember the Boston 5-cent Savings Bank, Shawmut Bank and the First National.  Back then we had four well known Funeral Parlors: Bullock, Johnson, Chisholm and Davis.  We were very particular about where we buried our loved ones.     

The first time I saw a Black police officer I was four.  He was one of the McLean Brothers and his assignment was the crossing guard at the David A. Ellis School.  The McLean twins were friends of my family.  The next time I saw a Black officer I was sixteen years old outside of Dudley Station. That officer was Val Williams.  

I wrote this piece to let those who think they work in some crime laden, poverty ridden cesspool they are sadly mistaken.  There must be something really special about this "grand old Lady, Roxbury" that they are working so diligently to move us out.  My grandfather came here from what they now call Cape Verde and settled here.   My mother was born here, I was born here, my children were born here and so were my grandchildren.  I want to preserve Roxbury's legacy and my children's right to live here.  Look around everything that is important to us is being threatened.  If you are not careful you won't even be able to work here.  Time to take a stand.  

We as a community are going to have to unite, roll up our sleeves, get busy or perish.  

On a more somber note, time is a luxury we really do not have on our side.  Our friends and acquaintances are leaving us, most of the time we don't get the opportunity to say "good-bye, love you, or hey I just wanted to wish you well".  Life is short and we really have no time for petty grievances because they can't hear, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean it" as you stand over their casket.  Just saying.

MAMLEO sends continued get well wishes to Linda Strother Lyons   We wish her all the best and hopeful outcome.   We send condolences to Police Officer Erica Bradley and (Retired) Sergeant Detective/Deputy Superintendent Willie Bradley on the death of their brother and brother-in-law, Mr. James Bradley and Police Officer Mila Depina Cooley on the death of her father, Mr. Pedro Depina. May they rest in peace.


Respectfully, 

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

 
On Friday, April 14th the Selectman of the Town of Brookline voted to terminate Brookline Police Officers Prentice Pilot and Estifanos Zeri-Misgun.  These officers took the courageous act of coming forward reporting racism from their colleagues within the Brookline Police Department. We along with the Lawyers Committee of Civil Rights and Economic Justice will stand by them and fight along side them.    As we always say today it's them tomorrow it could be you. 

I would like to thank Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans for taking time out of their busy schedules to be our guests on @ The Round Table with MAMLEO.  We hope that this will open up dialogue between all parties.  We may not always agree but at least come to the table to work things out.  

We also want to say congratulations to Neil Sicard on being accepted into the Salem Police Reserves.  We were very happy to help, and we wish you well.

The Mayoral race is now in full swing with City Councilor Tito Jackson, Mary Franklin, Donald Osgood and Christopher G. Womack challenging Mayor Walsh.  MAMLEO does not endorse any candidate.  Our Radio broadcast program @ The Round Table with MAMLEO will make make every effort to interview all the candidates to give the community an opportunity to hear their platform and to take part in their discussions.  We wish them all well in their quest for elected office.

New York has put together a jobs program to the tune of $10 million for newly released prisoners that will come out of taxpayers monies and not employers.  The program is expected to be in place by the end of this year and drive down the City's inmate population.  It is said that supporters of this program say transitional jobs such as kitchen, construction and other jobs paying minimum wages are an excellent place to start in that inmates with these jobs are less liklely to re-offend.  I would be interested in posing this question to our candidates to see if this type of program would be suitable in Massachusetts.

Lastly, this newsletter has always had an "open" policy.  If you have something you would like to share, we are more than willing to accommodate your piece.  We don't always want to write about the Department.   Fictional articles, humor, anonymous pieces make for great reading.    

Larry Ellison
President
IN MEMORIAM
 
The Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers would like to take this opportunity to send our condolences to the families of Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood, Harris County Constable's Office Precinct 3, Texas, Police Officer Nicholas Rodham, Louisville Metro Police Department, Kentucky, Detective Jason T. Weiland, Everest Metropolitan Police Department, Wisconsin , Police Officer Xavier Jugele, Paris, France, Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prison, Corporal Stephen J. Ballard Delaware State Police and Agent Benjamin De los Santos Barbosa, Puerto Rico 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 May 4th Governor Charlie Baker along with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn dedicated the Flynn Cruiseport Boston at the Black Falcon Terminal in honor of Mayor Raymond Flynn.

Glitter Fashion Showcase, Saturday, May 6th 6:00 - 10:00 pm Somerville City Club
20 Innerbelt Road Somerville, MA 02143
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Fashion show to generate awareness and support for cradles to crayons.  Please come with a new hardcover book or "like new" baby clothing.  Enjoy vendors, cash bar and more.

Kentucky Derby "Hats & Horses"
Saturday, May 6th 
The Banshee Bar 934 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
for more information (617) 436-9747

21st Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace May 14, 2017 to benefit the Louis D. Brown Peace institute.  The walk will begin at the Town Field in Dorchester at 8:00 am. 

Kudos to (Retired) Detective Delores Facey for Unlimited Realty Solutions.  If you have a business meeting, workshop or seminar you are hosting she has the space for your needs.  For more information contact 
(617) 833-6880 ext 102.
Why I'm Absolutely an Angry Black Woman
 
No one likes to be labeled the "Angry" Black woman but when I read this article I realized that even though I didn't want to I could relate.  How many times have we suffered indignities and held our peace so as not to hear, "Why is she so angry all the time"?  To work exceedingly hard and never be recognized, passed over.  Don't you dare stand up for yourself, then you are "branded" a trouble maker and angry.  How do you raise your daughter to be different when society will make her an "Angry Black Woman"? 
Sean Gannon
 
The SJC overturned a lower court decision that stated former Boston police officer Sean Gannon was unfit for duty due to the many kicks to the head.  Lawyers for the City claim medical tests revealed slow cognitive responses and memory loss, which would put City at risk if Officer Gannon was returned to full duty.  

Gannon has always maintained he was fully sound and fit for duty and had been cleared by numerous physicians.   A Superior court judge agreed with the City and his discrimination lawsuit was dismissed.

On Tuesday, April 18th Chief Justice Ralph Gants wrote, "because there remains a factual dispute as to whether Gannon can capably perform the essential duties of a full time police officer, the (Boston) police department's motion for summary judgment should have been denied", and Gants ordered the case back to Suffolk Superior for trial.  Stay tuned.
Thousand of cases dropped 
 
Paroled in 2016 after spending three years in prison, prosecutors are set to throw out more than 20, 000 cases that were tainted by evidence handled by Drug Lab chemist, Annie Dookhan.  For more on this case read Globe article.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES

Jerome Hall-Brewster, Sergeant John Johnson, Jerry Smart, Sergeant Det. Robert Tinker, and Valerie Johnson 
 
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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