As a national association of Black Law Enforcement professionals, we reject any notion or idea that Black Law Enforcement can be or should be any ambassadors for the President and Attorney General’s agenda for public safety as it relates to Black communities.
As a national organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals, we stand on the shoulders of the struggle of our ancestors. We believe, any law Enforcement organization that identifies themselves as “Black,” to invite this particular Attorney General to be the keynote at their national training conference, is an insult to the mission and history of Black Law Enforcement Organizations. This action has given an insulting pass to the AG and goes against the sacrifices of our ancestors who fought for Freedom, Justice and Equality in the Justice System while wearing the blue uniform.
The actions by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) have proven many have lost their way from the mission statements of our elders who started the first Black Law Enforcement organization in 1936.
Has NOBLE forgotten the recent NAACP’s first ever state travel ban against the state of Missouri? The NAACP has warned Black visitors to exercise “extreme caution” in the state, to warn others about potential civil rights violations, and to “file and seek help on any existing claims for discrimination,” while the Attorney General has remained silent on the issue.
Has NOBLE forgotten that the Attorney General plans to reverse the many Obama Administration policies on criminal Justice, policing and voting rights?
Has NOBLE forgotten that the Attorney General has authorized to go after affirmative-action policies which aim to assist Black students in attending college?
Has NOBLE forgotten the Attorney General plans to roll back decades of police reforms? The possible cutbacks on federal oversight of police departments. These police departments have shown pattern and practices of civil rights violations. These actions if taken will be devastating to black communities and a setback in police and community relations.
According to reports, the Obama Administration conducted 25 probes into local law enforcement departments to address issues of deadly force and police and community relations. As of January 2017, the DOJ had enforced 14 consent decrees with law Enforcement departments including Cleveland, Chicago, Ferguson and the state of Missouri. It is fear of many that under this Attorney General many consent decrees would be rolled back or like the most recent in requesting Baltimore’s consent decrees be postponed and reexamined.
As a black law Enforcement organization, we know first-hand the embedded racism and unjust actions of law enforcement against the black community. To be silent is an expression of covert cowards to our birth communities that we claim to serve.
For NOBLE to invite the Attorney General has shown that the organization would rather bow to the position for photo-ops than stand on our historical principles as Black Law Enforcement Organizations.
These actions give even more credibility to Michelle Alexanders book The New Jim Crow. Even with the countless advancement of Blacks in the Criminal Justice system, they have failed to transform a racist system that has caused the mass incarceration of black people.
To even stand with the Attorney General after having knowledge of Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1986 letter criticizing the Attorney General is a slap in the face on the principals, values and morals that the King legacy stands on.
“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship. “
“I do not believe Jefferson Sessions possesses the requisite judgment, competence, and sensitivity to the rights guaranteed by the federal civil rights laws to qualify for appointment to the federal district court. Based on his record, I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama but also on the progress we have made everywhere toward fulfilling my husband’s dream that he envisioned over twenty years ago.” Coretta Scott King 1986
In closing, as Black Law Enforcement, many of us know our history and our struggle against a system that DNA is White Supremacy. We will not cower to a position or an olive branch when the agenda is contradictory to Freedom Justice and Equality for all.
Again, we reject any ambassadorship to a system that has not been sympathetic to the justice of Black people in America and are insulted by the offer!
Damon 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