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