Ronald Lanier, an African-American retired Nassau County correction officer despite being a U.S. Army veteran, a corrections officer for more than 22 years and a volunteer at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks was beaten and falsely arrested by two white officers of Garden City Police Department on Wednesday, November 30th even after repeatedly informing the officers he was ‘On The Job.’
“I didn’t resist. I stated that I was on the job. They ignored it. They beat me,” Lanier said.
“On The Job” is code used by members of law enforcement to identify themselves to other officers, informed all the active and retired law enforcement officers that converged on Garden City, demanding full accountability of the Police Officers who assaulted their brother Officer Lanier while he laid on the floor in handcuffs.“Today we stand here with local law enforcement from across the state and members of the clergy,” Darrin Green, president on Black In Law Enforcement of America, Long Island Chapter and a representative from the Nassau Corrections Association states. “Today signifies the day we must hold the Garden City Police Department accountable for their action. We are demanding, that the commissioner, that the chief, give us the names of those individual officers who committed this heinous crime… Were here today in solidarity, making sure that we get justice for Ron.” (see entire press conference below)
The Garden City Police Department told BW that due to pending litigation, the department cannot comment at this time when we called them after the presser.
Damon K. Jones (NY Rep of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America), Darrin Green (Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, Long Island Chapter & Nassau Corrections Association), Charles Billips (Grand Council of Guardians), Archbishop Russell Davenport (ex-Savannah Police Officer (Georgia) & retired NYS certified police instructor with Nassau County Sheriff Department), Corey Pegues (Retired NYPD Inspector & Author of Once A Cop), Timothy Simmons (Suffolk County Corrections), Ricky Maxwell & Brooke Jones (Westchester Corrections Association), representatives from Law Enforcement Alliance, the Nassau Sheriff Guardians, Nassau Guardians association, The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Community Leaders, and Stakeholders came to stand with and voice their support for Retired Nassau County Corrections Officer Ronald Lanier, who was beaten and falsely arrested by Garden City Police Officers.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester Magazine for more on this developing story.