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Resignation of Chief Banks: A Sign that NYPD still not ready for real Racial Inclusion under Bratton & de Blasio

NYC Black Elected Officials Call Out de Blasio Over NYPD Top Resignations

imageMONDAY- Mayor de Blasio faced something he wasn’t expected,  black leaders blasting his handling of the NYPD and warned of political consequences.

Key Black members of the NYC government brought hard questions towards de Blasio over the departure of Chief of Department Philip Banks III who quit Friday.

It is unfortunate that with all tension between the communities of color and the NYPD that in the time of need, the highest-ranking Black Official, Chief Banks resigns.

Chief Banks should be applauded for not taking a position that was more symbolism that substance with no real effect of changing the culture and policies, procedures that have adversely affected communities of color within the five boroughs of NYC.

“The mayor leads the city, not the commissioner,” Assemblyman Walter Mosley (D-Brooklyn) said during a City Hall news conference.

“So we’re going to ask the mayor, along with the commissioner, to be held accountable, because ultimately, we know that those decisions they make here at City Hall and at 1 Police Plaza have a disparate impact on my community and those communities we represent throughout the five boroughs.”

We also applaud him for not taking a position that was more symbolism that substance with no real effect of changing the culture and policies, procedures that have adversely affected communities of color within the five boroughs of NYC.

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx) said de Blasio hadn’t delivered on his promises to crack down on alleged abuses by cops and improve police relations with the city’s minorities.

“In month Number 11, we have not seen the changes that we believe should be happening in this time,” she said.
Gibson also highlighted the potential peril facing de Blasio in stark terms.

We have seen similar dead end promotions like this before in where Blacks, Latinos, and women are tucked away in a little corner only used for photo ops and press conferences while racism, sexism and cronyism in the police culture remains intact. The question to the Black elected officials.

“Our constituents are asking us: What are we doing in this city? . . . What is going on in the Police Department? It’s hard for us to answer these questions,” she said.

“When the top black and brown people resign from the NYPD, we’re worried that the atmosphere there is not yet right for the change we were hoping to see,” said Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn).

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) said, “We want the power. I think that’s the message we’re trying to send here.”

Anthony Miranda, chairman of the National Latino Officers Association, said everything he’d heard from de Blasio so far was “all crap.”

“If he’s accountable, then the mayor has to say he said it was OK to dismiss both of these individuals,” Miranda said. “You can’t have it both ways, mayor — either you did have knowledge of it or you didn’t.”

Unfortunately, for de Blasio, Banks resignation is another pothole in the road of police reform promised in his campaign for Mayor. Many in the Law Enforcement circles felt that Banks should have been his first choice as Police Commissioner.

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3 Comments on Resignation of Chief Banks: A Sign that NYPD still not ready for real Racial Inclusion under Bratton & de Blasio

  1. Bratton has systematically purged all of Ray Kelly’s “guys.” Plain and simply put Bratton wants his imprint on the NYPD, not Kelly’s.

    As some in the HuffPost pointed out today, the issue is “the policy, not the personnel.” Banks or any minority 1st Deputy Commissioner should be more than windowdressing.

  2. Banks was all for racial profiling. Being Black does not make one a “good cop”.

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