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--------------------------------------------------------------------- COMMENTS Taleeb Starkes suggests that black police chiefs get caught in the middle, finding it hard to maneuver. We might add here they might feel antagonism and resentment from whites, competition from blacks and whites, and a pull from blacks to show the chief is in their corner. If showing them too much favor, whites might assume minority preference. Blacks might be coming into the department on a wave of corruption, linked to black power movements and crime groups. If a black police chief is shown in news reports cooperating with known black and Muslim radicals two things might be going on; first, that black chief really is cooperating with groups like that. Second, the news is faked or exaggerated. LIST OF BLACK POLICE CHIEFS AROUND NATION A partial list of Black Police Chiefs in the United States in 2020 (as well as before when applicable), in various areas, including those troubled by BLM, Urban Terrorism, etc. Black Police Chiefs discussed in the NY TIMES-2020/09/11 article listed below in ARTICLES or other police chiefs embroiled in directly or indirectly supporting the Black position: Branville G. Bard Jr. Cambridge, Massachusettes: became the police commissioner in Cambridge, Mass., in 2017. Commissioner Bard, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on racial profiling in policing, is rolling out a record-keeping system in his department that will allow it to keep detailed data on police stops and analyze whether racial bias is a factor. Kenton Buckner Syracuse, New York:, who became the Syracuse police chief in late 2018. Chief U. Reneé Hall, Dallas, Texas: said she would leave the force in November after receiving heavy criticism for her officers’ response this summer to protests against racism in policing Chief La’Ron D. Singletary, Rochester, New York. of Rochester, N.Y., joined his entire command in stepping down amid intense backlash over his handling of the death of a Black man in police custody in March. Carmon Best, Seattle, Washington: Black police chief, Carmen Best, announced she was leaving the Seattle Police Department because of budget cuts and restructuring to her force that she felt the city’s political leadership executed without properly including her. Donny Williams, Wilmington, North Carolinabecame that city’s police chief this year [2020] Jeri L. Williams Phoenix, Arizona female black police chief, [seems to have a very strong pro-Black stance, very vocal] Chuck Lovell, Portland Oregon, became black police chief after white one Jami Resch stepped down. The white one was a woman who received aggressive civil rights letter from black groups in Portland. It might be wise to investigate whether she also felt physically threatened or whether something else was going on behind the scenes to spur her quitting. Medario Arradondo Minneapolis, Minnesota The department is headed by a Black chief, Medaria Arradondo, who has faced enormous challenges as street protests have grown violent and his officers have been criticized for abusing and mistreating Black residents.Amid the tense moment in police-community relations, Chief Arradondo continues to enjoy broad support from Black residents, who see him as one of their own in the city where he was born and bred. Since Mr. Floyd’s killing sparked massive calls for reform and a pledge by a majority of the City Council to dismantle the Police Department, Chief Arradondo has worked with Mayor Jacob Frey to pass several reforms, including a revamped use-of- force policy Other Black Police Chiefs for list: Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania moved from Portland, Oregon in December 2019. Chuck Lovell, an African American, took over from Jami Resch. Hassan Ramzah, Lincoln Nebraska, University of Nebraska, July 2020, interim police chief since 2019. Assistant police chief since 2016. Tom Warren, Omaha, Nebraska previous, recent police chief. Urban League of Nebraska leader upon retirement as police chief. Noble Wray, Madison, Wisconsin retired in 2013, black police chief, hired to look into Jacob Blake (2020/08/23) shooting case. See APNews-2020/09/21 in ARTICLES below. Related Issues Nebraska Fred Franklin black prosecutor for Scurlock defense and Black Attorney Wayne in Gardner case. A photo of Franklin can be seen in this article: https //omaha com/news/local/crime-and-courts/in-dueling-press-conferences-franklin-and-kleine-disagree-over-points-in- scurlock-gardner-case/article_77d4ba57-2b0f-50f2-abe5-1f7e3313786f.html COMMENTARY Note from PF: Recall the softening section in the BLM2 Responsiveness: Stop Black Lives Matter section. Softening is a term for the deliberate weakening and destablizing of an area deemed by the anti-American groups like Black Lives Matter, CAIR, MSA and more to be too American, too white, too Christian, or too conservative. It’s part of a longterm plan with the ultimate objective being a full and complete takeover of the area by their people. It includes a variety of antics. There is an additional weakening of an area that might not be by planned softening orchestrating elements, but might still have the same effect. This can include having black police chiefs on board who wind up being too soft and ineffective against Black Lives Matter and the various organized crime-driven antics which cause problems for the police, particularly white police officers. They might be trying to tread water or, as the article from the New York Times-2020/09/11 listed below, could feel “squeezed” between the black community and the normal policing and municipal systems of the area in which they work and receive paychecks. This waddling might end up feeding the enemy and preventing real investigations from happening in a truly authentic space of honesty, diligence and cartel/gang/organized crime prevention. Things might not be getting done and done right, for one thing. But more than this, slop and an unwillingness to create an atmosphere of fairness for all Americans, all races, might hand the ball over to various groups vying for attention and/or control of the situation. In a white-on-black situation, with black chiefs on board, we might or might not be getting the truth about what really and truly happened in that situation. Evidence might be lost, stolen or blocked, for one thing. So you can have a basically good black chief who is unwittingly making the situation ripe for corruption and ineffectiveness. Whether we are dealing with planned and orchestrated softening or a weak space ripe for over-taking and corruption, we need to face down the problems that could be occurring when black police chiefs are on board during Black Lives Matter events and other problematic issues involving white-on-black cases, riots and urban violence. The question is: are these black persons partisan players for blacks and minorities, or are they truly serving the whole American public, which does in fact include whites? Can whites in the communities trust these people? Are they part of an organized or Black Power Movement clique? Have they gotten in through corrupt power playing behind the scenes? If one of these people pulled over one of you, could you trust them to do their jobs honestly and fairly? How many of these black chiefs are getting a lot more publicity than white ones when they come on board? Are they being treated like royalty in the news? Is there a media “Splash Image” around the whole thing? Are we seeing a reduction or increase in Black Lives Matter riots in black chief controlled areas like Portland or Minneapolis - did things get worse? PORTLAND, OREGON BLACK POLICE CHIEFS Portland Black Police Chiefs during and/or before BLM riots, also see BLM6 Portland, Oregon Riots 2020 See also: Portland, Oregon Riots; we will include some of that Portland material here regarding police chiefs. Portland Tribune pamplinmedia dot com 2020/06/08 Portland has new African-American police chief. Chief Jamie Resch steps aside and allows Lt. Chuck Lovell to be named new chief. By Jim Redden https //pamplinmedia com/pt/9-news/469489-380075-portland-has-new-african-american-police- chief?wallit_nosession=1 Excerpt: After just six months on the job, Portland Police Bureau Chief Jami Resch* has stepped aside, allowing Lt. Chuck Lovell, an African-American man, to be appointed to the top position on the force as the city faces ongoing protests over police brutality. "I have asked Chuck Lovell to step into the role as chief of the Police Bureau. He's the exact right person at the exact right moment,'' Resch said. Resch was appointed to replace Chief Danielle Outlaw, the bureau's first female African-American chief, who unexpectedly resigned to become the Philadelphia police chief in December 2019. Resch's announcement came during Mayor Ted Wheeler's noon Monday press conference, which happened following 10 straight nights of protests spurred by the death of George Floyd and a weekend that saw nearly 100 arrests near the Justice Center. "When your boss comes to you and says the community needs you, I felt like if I in some small way, could be the start for some community healing, it was my duty to do that," Lovell said. * Jami L. Resch is the former chief of police of the police bureau of Portland, Oregon, United States. She served in that role from December 31, 2019 until June 8, 2020. (Wikipedia-Jami Resch) https //pamplinmedia com/pt/9-news/469489-380075-portland-has-new-african-american-police- chief?wallit_nosession=1 Willamette Week 2020/06/10 Five Things to Know About Chief Charles “Chuck” Lovell. Five Things to Know About Chief Charles “Chuck” Lovell. By Nigel Jaquiss |By Latisha Jensen He led the Community Services Unit, which oversees police response to citizens with addictions and mental illness. https //www wweek com/news/2020/06/10/five-things-to-know-about-chief-charles-chuck-lovell/ 1. A native New Yorker, Lovell joined the Portland Police Bureau in 2002 after serving in the U.S. Air Force, including three tours overseas. 2. Among his bureau assignments, Lovell served as a school resource officer at Jefferson High, served on the crisis negotiation team, led the Human Trafficking Detail and, most recently, led the Community Services Unit, which oversees police response to citizens with addictions and mental illness. 3. Lovell becomes Portland's fourth African American chief, following Charles Moose, Derrick Foxworth and Danielle Outlaw, whom he served as executive assistant. 4. Like many Portland police officers, Lovell does not live in Portland. He lives in Washington County. He is not a member of any political party and has rarely voted except in general elections. 5. Lovell is a longtime volunteer and current board member at Lines for Life, a Portland nonprofit that works on substance abuse an https //www wweek com/news/2020/06/10/five-things-to-know-about-chief-charles-chuck-lovell/ MINNEAPOLIS BLACK POLICE CHIEFS Minneapolis Black Police Chiefs during George Floyd related BLM riots, also see BLM5 Nationwide Riot See also Personal Notes in Notes - Personal - Black Lives Matter for 2020/10/21 Leadership Minneapolis and Minnesota in general George Floyd Riots: Who has been on board during them: Governor during riots: Tim Walz, white Police Chief Minneapolis black police chief Medaria Arradondo; Black and Latino as his family is Colombian, Fifth Generation Minnesotan; joined police in 1989 Here are some names of people and/or groups that came up associated with his response to the George Floyd death, seen in articles below, they are often congratulatory and supportive of Arradondo: -Suwana Kirkland, Ramsey County sheriff’s commander, head of the state’s chapter of the National Black Police Association -Pastor Brian Herron, of Zion Baptist Church -Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations -Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney -aid Sam Sanchez, an organizer with the activist group Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar -Rev. Jerry McAfee, of New Salem Baptist Church -Leslie Redmond, President of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP -Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block Attorney General Keith Ellison (D), who had recently become the first Muslim elected to Congress Information on Ellison From Wikipedia: Keith Maurice Ellison is an American politician and lawyer serving as the 30th Attorney General of Minnesota. A member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, Ellison was the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district from 2007 to 2019. Wikipedia Born: August 4, 1963 (age 57 years), Detroit, MI Spouse: Kim Ellison (m. 1987–2012) Office: Minnesota Attorney General since 2019 Education: University of Minnesota Law School (1987–1990), MORE Children: Jeremiah Ellison, Isaiah Ellison, Elijah Ellison, Amirah Ellison Police Chief Medaria Arradondo also note Ramsey County sheriff’s commander Suwana Kirkland, head of the state’s chapter of the National Black Police Association. Arradondo has been seen as the MPD’s silver lining by the black community. The 53-year-old Minneapolis native joined the force in 1989, starting as a patrol officer in the precinct covering north Minneapolis. He’s remained visible as chief, attending barbecues and basketball games citywide and visiting barbershops. He also talks with unusual bluntness about the historical mistreatment of minorities by police, and in 2007 was one of the lead plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against the department. Pamela Alexander is quoted; she was a black judge. (from Star Tribune-2020/06/08 below) CASES 2018 Robinson v. Arradondo 2007 Arradondo involved legally in a case: Complaint and Demand for a Jury Trial = Arradondo against City of Minneapolis and MPD UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA FOURTH DIVISION ___________________________________ Case Type: Employment Lieutenant Medaria Arradondo, Lieutenant Court File No.: Donald Harris, Sergeant Charles Adams, Sergeant Dennis Hamilton, and Lieutenant Lee Edwards Plaintiffs, v. COMPLAINT AND DEMAND FOR A JURY TRIAL City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Police Department, and Timothy Dolan, an, individual, Defendants. Other side of story - Minneapolis Police Union The Hill 2020/06/23 Minneapolis Police Union says members have been scapegoated by political leadersBY ZACK BUDRYK https //thehill com/homenews/state-watch/504108-minneapolis-police-union-says-members-have-been- scapegoated-by-political https //kstp com/news/this-is-not-who-we-are-14-minneapolis-police-officers-wholeheartedly-condemn- former-officer-chauvin/5757416/?cat=1 Arradondo shown with Islamic Black groups and leaders KSTP 2020/06/11 Community leaders voice support for Minneapolis Police Chief Arradondo By Callan Gray https //kstp com/news/black-community-leaders-voice-support-for-minneapolis-police-chief- arradondo/5757689/ More than a dozen black community leaders gathered outside of Minneapolis City Hall on Thursday to support Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “We are here to support him. We are here to let people know that his community is behind him and we believe in him,” said Pastor Brian Herron, of Zion Baptist Church. “We are calling for systemic change, we are calling for transformational change […] we believe that Rondo Arradondo, Chief Rondo, can do that.”…Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Arradondo is an example of the kind of change that needs to happen in police departments….They are calling for Lt. Bob Kroll to resign as president of the union….“We are standing here to let Chief Arradondo know that he is not alone, that we want him to continue to take bold steps to clean up the trash in the Minneapolis Police Department,” said Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney…“That would be a cross-section of people here right now so that way we can have oversight in the midst of this, outside of the police policing themselves,” said the Rev. Jerry McAfee, of New Salem Baptist Church…President of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, Leslie Redmond, shared her support of Chief Arradondo as well…n Sunday, nine members of the City Council accepted an invitation to join Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block to commit to a process to reimagine public safety in our community. Central to our announcement was a commitment to a community engagement process to bring change. https //kstp com/news/black-community-leaders-voice-support-for-minneapolis-police-chief- arradondo/5757689/ Star Tribune dot com [note from PF: Star Tribune is looking biased in the pro-black position here] 2020/06/08 After George Floyd's death, Minneapolis police chief is caught in force's racial legacy https //www startribune com/floyd-s-death-raises-questions-about-minneapolis-police-leadership/571076782/ Medaria Arradondo now finds himself in a harsh national spotlight, the face of a mostly white department that killed another black man. By Libor Jany and Marissa Evans, Staff writers Jeff Hargarten and Liz Navratil contributed to this report. [Note from PF: notice the possible or likely bias in this article for blacks and a black police chief in the George Floyd case; notice Arradondo’s tendency to support BLM as seen in this article; various pro-black groups or leaders are quoted or mentioned here] Excerpt: “This moment in time is writing its own chapter in the history of our city,” Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said. As the hearse carrying George Floyd pulled up to North Central University, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo tucked his cap into the crook of his arm and dropped to one knee. It was a symbolic gesture of solidarity with a growing movement against police brutality, popularized by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Arradondo has been a visible and vocal presence in the tumult that has engulfed the city and nation since Floyd, a black man, died under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day. He condemned and fired the four officers involved. He visited the location where Floyd was killed. He spoke directly to Floyd’s family members on national television. He pledged to cooperate with the state’s probe into his department’s practices and make “substantive policy changes.” In an interview, Arradondo called Floyd’s death “absolutely pivotal” in the city’s history. “This moment in time is writing its own chapter in the history of our city,” he said. “The best that I can hope for is that everything that has occurred to this point, all of the work that all of us were trying to do to move forward, it’s not done in vain.” But the city’s first black police chief now finds himself in a harsh national spotlight, the face of a mostly white department that killed another black man. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights launched an investigation, and some elected officials are pushing to disband the police department altogether. Arradondo’s defenders credit his willingness to speak out about the pains of racial trauma and the need for police reform. They say it’s unrealistic to think that he would be able to overturn more than a century of institutionalized racism in just three years on the job. But critics say the use of tear gas and rubber bullets on those protesting Floyd’s death is a sign of how little the department’s culture has changed. They also wonder why Derek Chauvin, the subject of at least 17 civilian complaints and who had been involved with several police shootings, was still working on the same shift. Some claims that the department’s early intervention system — designed to identify potentially troubled officers and get them help — has failed. And having a black chief didn’t stop officers from using deadly force, said Sam Sanchez, an organizer with the activist group Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar. “People are talking about rebuilding, but you can’t rebuild something that never worked for the people in the first place,” said Sanchez, pointing out that Arradondo is a product of the same system that he says he wants to reform. He said any proposed reforms in the months ahead should include community input. Arradondo is also being asked to answer for the strained race relations of past years, says retired Hennepin County Judge Pamela Alexander. While more reform is needed, she says that the department has improved in many ways. “There are ways to substantially improve the system without totally breaking it down, but it does need to have a broader, more expansive view,” she said. “It’s going to take time and that’s unfortunate, but maybe this crisis will then show [rank-and-file officers] why it’s necessary to have allies in the community and to improve those relationships.” But there needs to be an honest assessment of how the police can contribute to or harm community health and public safety, said Tabitha Montgomery, executive director of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association. Not all incidents in south Minneapolis need police intervention, and there should be discussions about finding solutions for other inequities in the area, she said. “Just the reliance on police is not getting us better outcomes, it’s not driving fewer disparities when it comes to what we are expected to endure in south Minneapolis,” she said. “I have no evidence to suggest there is a further erosion [of trust in police] whether it be black people in the community or other people from other ethnicities and racial groups, but what I do know for sure is ... a life that should’ve been deemed equal to any other was demonstrably illustrated to be less than.” With the Floyd investigation, people are “looking for a fall guy” with Arradondo, and seek to weaken his power, says Resmaa Menakem, a clinical social worker who has led cultural awareness training sessions with the MPD. He said Arradondo understands better than most of his predecessors that nothing will change until something is done about systemic racism that criminalizes people of color. “The system is sick, the structure is sick, America is sick — and it stands to reason that if America is sick, the spear and weapon it uses, which is the police department, is also going to be sick,” said Menakem. “It’s not addressing the bad apple cop — it’s addressing the structure that alienates and brutalizes black and brown bodies, and poor white bodies.” Even after Floyd’s death all is not lost, said Korey “XROSS” Dean Sr., founder and executive director of the Man Up Club, an organization focused on mentoring black males, teaching them about conflict resolution, interactions with the police and civic responsibility. He still believes in Arradondo, calling him “a good man.” Dean said one of the ways to overhaul the department is to build up its diversity, including encouraging black men like Arradondo to sign up for the police academy. “I’m optimistic about the future of the relationship between the police and that’s only because of the leadership that I know [Arradondo] has, but at the same time I will say that young black males are still in fear of the police,” Dean said. “That is the current relationship that exists between young black males in the inner city and the police department, and there is no relationship there.” https //www startribune com/floyd-s-death-raises-questions-about-minneapolis-police-leadership/571076782/ WISCONSIN BLACK POLICE CHIEFS also see BLM5 Nationwide Riots Noble Wray, Madison, Wisconsin retired in 2013, black police chief, hired to look into Jacob Blake (2020/08/23) shooting case. See APNews-2020/09/21 in ARTICLES below NEBRASKA BLACK POLICE CHIEFS see Nebraska in BLM5 Nationwide Riots ARTICLES APNEWS dot com 2020/09/21 Former Wisconsin police chief to review Jacob Blake shooting. By Scott Bauer. https //apnews com/article/shootings-race-and-ethnicity-wisconsin-jacob-blake-racial-injustice- 9530938cbcc31bcdff8dd8f97086999c New York Times 2020/09/11 Black Police Chiefs, Feeling Squeezed, Face Criticism on All Sides. As police departments are scrutinized for racist policing practices, African-American chiefs find themselves caught between skeptical residents and officers. By John Eligon [Note from PF: This article is written by a black male. Please note the date of the article is 9/11 the nation’s time of terror with New York Twin Towers, Building WTC7 and Pentagon attacks. The article seems biased over “systemic racism against blacks] while supporting black police chiefs who use this approach and argument on the job. ALthough it suggests black police chiefs are “squeezed”, it is along certain trajectories]. Black Police Chiefs discussed in this article, or other police chiefs embroiled in supporting the Black position: See List Above Excerpt: That remark moved Mr. Bard to openly confront what he considered an agonizing truth: He was part of a system “built on oppression and, structurally, on racism,” he said. “Not to acknowledge that means a failure to acknowledge the past,” said Mr. Bard, who became the police commissioner in Cambridge, Mass., in 2017. “Folks are just going to continue to resent your failure to acknowledge that.” …As police chiefs struggle to reform their departments amid a national reckoning over police abuse, those African-American officers who have risen to the top say they face particular challenges. The expectations they face are outsize, coming from those chanting “Black lives matter!” as well as those subbing out the word Black for blue. Some Black chiefs have had negative interactions with police officers while out of uniform, and they are expected to smooth out tensions between Black residents angry at the police and officers who recoil at the suggestion that they harbor racial bias. The chiefs are lauded for trying to change the system, but also knocked as traitors by some of those in blue and in the communities they come from. Some chiefs have knelt with protesters, but they have also overseen officers deploying tear gas at demonstrations. https //www nytimes com/2020/09/11/us/black-police-chiefs-reform.html Omaha dot com 2019/10/16 Former Omaha Police Chief Tom Warren honored in Congress. By Christopher Burback https //omaha com/news/local/former-omaha-police-chief-tom-warren-honored-in-congress/article_cb1c2ba0- 132f-5c36-ad6f-46fa1a2d5bd6.html U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford honored Urban League of Nebraska President Tom Warren in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ashford, D-Neb., made an entry into the Congressional Record in February, Black History Month, recognizing Warren for his leadership and service in Omaha. Many representatives and senators similarly recognized African-Americans from their home districts…Warren became Omaha’s first black police chief after rising through the Omaha Police Department. After retiring from the department, Warren took over the leadership of the Urban League. With Warren at the helm, the organization has expanded programs in youth development, employment services and violence prevention. https //omaha com/news/local/former-omaha-police-chief-tom-warren-honored-in-congress/article_cb1c2ba0- 132f-5c36-ad6f-46fa1a2d5bd6.html 2020/09/23 In dueling press conferences, Franklin and Kleine disagree over points in Scurlock-Gardner case. By Todd Cooper https //omaha com/news/local/crime-and-courts/in-dueling-press-conferences-franklin-and-kleine-disagree- over-points-in-scurlock-gardner-case/article_77d4ba57-2b0f-50f2-abe5-1f7e3313786f html Portland Tribune pamplinmedia dot com 2020/06/08 Portland has new African-American police chief. Chief Jamie Resch steps aside and allows Lt. Chuck Lovell to be named new chief. By Jim Redden https //pamplinmedia com/pt/9-news/469489-380075-portland-has-new-african-american-police- chief?wallit_nosession=1 WW Week 2020/06/10 Five Things to know about chief charles chuck lovell https //www wweek com/news/2020/06/10/five-things-to-know-about-chief-charles-chuck-lovell/ Updates 2021/09/16 excess bolds cleared; 2020/10/21 Minneapolis material added on Arradondo; 2020/10/20 Page Started BLM 17 Black Police Chiefs problems and issues;
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