Letter From The Editor

Why Is The DOJ and The AG Turning A Blind Eye To The Frequent Acts Of Police Criminality In Westchester County

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To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. – Department Of Justice mission statement


Westchester County, one of the most wealthiest counties has a reputation of lacking any effective oversight mechanism for the 43 law enforcement municipalities.
In Westchester County like most police departments around the country have an internal affairs division that is responsible for investigating misconduct allegations and disciplining officers. But internal review measures have not always proven effective. Critics disagree with the notion of the police “policing” themselves and find such a system to be inherently flawed and lacking in objectivity. Consequently, many citizens and civic organizations support aggressive external controls as the most effective means to combat police misconduct and brutality. One of these external controls in The Dept Of Justice and the Attorney General office.
So if its the job of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which encompasses the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx in New York City, along with Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties, to step up when our local law enforcement and elected officials fail to bring justice to the residents, where are they in the recent cases taking place in Westchester County.
Where was the U.S. Attorney’s Office in cases like Kenneth Chamberlain Sr (shot and killed in his apartment un White Plains), Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry (shot and killed outside a bar in Pleasantville), Detective Christopher Ridley (shot and killed by Westchester County Police in White Plains), Mr. Kenneth Kisseidu (a NYPD Police Sergeant assaulted and had his civil rights violated by a Yonkers Police Officer), just to name a few.

In Westchester, it seems every year there have been incidences of questionable high-profile police encounters. Sure Eric H. Holder, Jr. who was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2009 is looking into Ferguson because of the citizens uprising. But we have Fergusons here in Westchester too. Does Westchester have to rise up like Ferguson to get our AG to look seriously at what’s going on here in Westchester County?

Let’s be clear Black Westchester is not encouraging or trying to incite violence but basically we need the DOJ and the AG to step up before its too late. We encourage all our readers to write the AGs office and let them know as a taxpayer you want Justice in Westchester. Cause right now it feels like Justice Delayed equals Justice Denied when it comes to Westchester County!!! Note to AG: Please prove us wrong.

United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York
Attn: Civilian Crime Reports Unit (Criminal Division)
One St. Andrew’s Plaza
New York, NY 10007
For more info on AG and DOJ go to http://www.justice.gov/index.html


AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show. AJ is a Father, Brother, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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Godschild November 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

The DOJ Like every other entity in America is a Joke.
They haven’t actually done anything to rectify the one going issues in the Black Community Anywhere. They actually seemingly have no Power when it comes to protecting Blacks in America, but as soon as the ammunition is in hand they’ll want to kill us in the streets for defending Ourselves.. Most people don’t know. When Bush was in office he sent memos to DOJ to disregard all human rights complaints. This in turn has allowed crimes to go unanswered against people of Color, I can’t speak for any other Race as I don’t see them being gunned down. Stay Up Black People ..

Norwood Builder September 6, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Just want to add a few more recent shootings by police in Westchester:
— Brendan Cronin (age 27) of the NYPD got intoxicated and without provocation shot a 47-year old man sitting in a nearby car in Pelham, NY on 4/29/2014.
— New Rochelle Police shot and killed Samuel Cruz, a mentally ill man, in his own apartment on 12/10/2013 (similar to the Kenneth Chamberlain case in White Plains).


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