A month ago, an association of minority police officers and City Councilor (and mayoral candidate) Mike Ross complained about how the command staff of the Boston Police Department remained almost all white in a city that is now minority majority.
Yesterday, Police Commissioner Ed Davis responded - three days after the New York Times highlighted gun violence in the city's heavily black neighborhoods, in an article that notes Davis critic Jamarhl Crawford's post-Marathon shooting index and the no-confidence voted by the Minority Association of Law Enforcment Officers over the diversity issue.
Davis said his command staff is the most diverse in department history and that the problem is a creaky civil-service system that the city is spending $2.2 million to fix.
MAMLEO, the Mass Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers and its supporters need to be part of the solution not part of the problem. Melvin Miller the publisher of the Bay State Banner made that clear in a recent editorial ... Miller said .."MAMLEO should assume responsibility for training its members to perform better on ... qualifying tests... And the editorial went on to say "it is unconscionable disregard for the welfare of the black community to instigate hostility ...toward the police."
I couldn’t agree more; MAMLEO hasn't proposed legislation or undertaken any valuable initiatives to help its own members or the community. I urge you to contact MAMLEO and let the organization know you don't support its divisive efforts to undermine the progress that has been made and demand the leadership - lead and become part of the solution.
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