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Statement from Black and Latino Organizations Concerning the Resignation of former Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, Louis Molina

While our county politicians continue the rhetoric Black Lives Matter when it comes to police reform, they have continued to dismiss the facts and studies that having Black and Brown heads of Law Enforcement Departments matters as well.

We are collectively making this statement of our total disappointment with the Westchester County Government over the resignation of former Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, Louis Molina.

In his short time with Westchester County, Mr. Molina has raised the standards of how Law Enforcement Commissioners work with the public, especially dealing with criminal justice reform.

Mr. Molina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Chaminade University, a Master of Public Administration from Marist College School of Management, a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He was a U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice Scholar. He recently received a scholarship from the Harvard Business School Fund for Leadership & Innovation. Mr. Molina also has completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program.

Mr. Molina was very vocal on the need for critical change in Corrections. His police and criminal justice reform expertise made him the county government’s go-to person when they needed an ambassador to speak on progressive change in police policies, procedures, and accountability.

From a Law Enforcement and community perspective, Mr. Molina represented the consciousness and experience needed for real change in our criminal justice system. There was no reason Mr. Molina should not have been appointed Commissioner of the Westchester Department of Corrections; in short, the people of this county have been duped.

Minorities are often underrepresented in leadership positions, and Mr. Molina’s resignation brings to question, what does a Black or Brown person have to do to be a Commissioner in Westchester County’s Law Enforcement Departments?

Westchester County Black population is 14.4 %, and Hispanic 22. 2 %. Historically, Westchester County has had only one city with a Black or a Brown Commissioner in its 49 Law Enforcement departments, including County Police. Unfortunately, this has been by political design in Westchester County. Generations of Black and Brown officers have never seen or experienced Law Enforcement Leadership from their ethnic background at the top Commissioners positions.

The Westchester County Public Safety and Probation Department have historically been White men only Commissioner’s Fraternity. Simultaneously, the Department of Corrections hasn’t seen a Black Commissioner in 30 years since Norwood E. Jackson. 

The fact of the matter is, Under Republican County Executive Andrew O’Rourke, the Department of Corrections had two Black men as Commissioners, Norwood E. Jackson, and Deputy Commissioner Qualsm Inham. It seems that 30 years later, we are only moving backward, so to infer that this is the most progressive administration in Westchester County history is misleading.

As Black and Brown Law Enforcement Professionals, we have continued to witness political Ostracism from leadership, even when Black and Brown candidates are more educated and qualified than our White counterparts. 

While our county politicians continue the rhetoric Black Lives Matter when it comes to police reform, they have continued to dismiss the facts and studies that having Black and Brown heads of Law Enforcement Departments matters as well. 

This unfortunate resignation gives Black, Brown, and some White grassroots progressive organizations a pause to what kind of relationship we truly have with the current Democratic governments. Instead of having conscious, committed Commissioners, we fall victim to the political status quo to the usual all-White Commissioners and a few Black and Brown fillers or faces in places with no real power to affect policy change; that is only symbolism without any real substance. 

Westchester Black Political Conference

Grand Council of Guardians

NYC Correction Guardians Association  

National Latino Officers of America

The Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice   

National Black Police Association 

Blacks In Law Enforcement of America

Westchester Correction Association

NAACP White Plains/Greenburgh  

Save Mount Vernon 

100 Black Fathers Who Care  

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Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York. Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach. Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.
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