As a national organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals, we extend our condolence to the Dennis family for the loss of their loved one, who was shot and killed at Mayor Richard Thomas’s Arts on Third Festival.
As Law Enforcement Professionals we question the security protocol of the Arts on Third Festival a day after a bomb exploded in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood and Seaside Park, New Jersey.
We question the staffing of officers and if any request was made to the County and State Police to assist in securing the festival. We also question the absence of Emergency Response Units and adequate medical assistance teams.
We believe if these measures were in place correctly, it would have been a strong deterrent for any criminal activity.
As America is on high alert from recent bombings, Mt. Vernon security measures for Arts on Third were inadequate.
With the many questions of the legitimacy of many of the Police Commissioners and police management by the City Council, it is time for them to take action to correct these problems before another life is lost.
Damon K. Jones
New York Representative
Blacks In Law Enforcement of America