I would have bet big money when this whole Gates arrest situation took place that there are cops out there not only siding with the officer, but also making all kinds of racist remarks about Gates and revealing their own bigotry. And in this day and age, it was inevitable that one or two of them would get caught doing it, either on tape or on a blog somewhere. Bingo.
An officer in the Boston Police Department was suspended yesterday for allegedly writing a racially charged e-mail about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to colleagues at the National Guard, a law enforcement official said. Mayor Thomas M. Menino compared the officer to a cancer and said he is “gone, g-o-n-e” from the force.
The law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Officer Justin Barrett referred to the black scholar as a ” jungle monkey” in the letter, written in reaction to media coverage of Gates’s arrest July 16.
To their credit, the city is not playing games with this:
“Yesterday afternoon, Commissioner Davis was made aware that Officer Barrett was the author of correspondence which included racially charged language,” she said. “At that time, Commissioner Davis immediately stripped Officer Barrett of his gun and badge, and at this time we will be moving forward with the hearing process.”
This is Boston, for crying out loud. There is a very long history of racial problems in that city and anyone who doesn’t recognize that there are probably a whole lot of cops in that city that hate blacks is living in a fantasy world. Does that mean all cops are racist? Of course not. That would be absurd. But it’s more than you think. Mark Fuhrman doesn’t represent all cops, of course, but he represents a big enough minority that it ought to scare the hell out of anyone with skin darker than mine.
For 6 years on this blog I have documented a seemingly endless litany of police abuses either caught on tape or proven in court – cops lying, planting evidence, faking reports, threatening people, breaking the law themselves in the most flagrant ways and getting no punishment, killing innocent people (and dogs), stealing huge amounts of cash and property from people who were never even charged with a crime much less convicted of one. We left that “a few bad apples” idea behind a long time ago.
The corruption in our police departments is far, far worse than most people would even dare to imagine.