They say the cops are harassing them and retaliating when they file complaints with the police department’s Ethics and Integrity Unit.
They marched from the police station to the government center and gave a letter of concern to the mayor who said, “I have the highest faith in our department and chief officer who are asked to do a very difficult job.”
Not exactly a big news item, but I think it’s worth mentioning when people actually get out on the street and embarrass the police department. For the most part, they don’t have many other options, if the department decides to ignore their complaints. I hope their next step, after the mayor blows them off (his statement seems to already have done that), is go to the FBI.
On the other hand, if you’re in a big city on the other end if the country, the police chief might actually issue a public apology and set up a complaint hotline before continuing with the status quo.
From what I’ve seen in other cities (at least the big ones that get on national news), even if you do get a federal investigation, they will on fix the problem temporarily before the city degenerates right back to where it was. Examples are New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles.
[Posted by Dave Krueger]