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January 26 2012 Press Release PDF

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2012
CONTACT:
Kimberly Goulart: 770-862-8050
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ALLEGES RACIAL PROFILING PRACTICES IN EAST HAVEN POLICE DEPARTMENTThe National Council of Law Enforcement Organizations formally condemns these practices and calls on authorities to remedy these actions

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report Wednesday that alleges egregious acts of racial profiling, discrimination, and attempts to cover up these actions on behalf of the East Haven Police Department (EHPD). The report claims that these acts of misconduct and harmful practices have been going on since at least 2009.

Federal officials in coordination with this investigation have arrested three EHPD officers and one sergeant. Among the charges are conspiracy against rights, deprivation of rights and obstruction, which are in violation of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the anti-discrimination provisions of the Safe Streets Act of 1968.

“We are disheartened by these allegations of racial profiling,” said Edwin Maldonado, National President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) and spokesperson for the National Council of Law Enforcement Organizations (NCLEO). “As fellow law enforcement officials, we understand the pressures of keeping our communities safe, but we must take every measure possible to ensure that the people we serve trust us and have confidence in our work. Racial profiling has no place in effective policing.”

The report explains that among the many harmful tactics employed by the EHPD, officers intentionally targeted Latino residents in traffic stops, deliberately patrolled areas near Latino-owned businesses and, in some instances, would follow Latino drivers in anticipation of a traffic violation. All of these practices were rarely used on non-Latino drivers. Assistant U.S. Attorney General, Thomas Perez, characterized this situation saying, “At its core, this is an abuse of power case.”

“It is imperative that the EHPD cooperate fully with federal authorities to remedy these discriminatory practices and restore integrity and trust among all within the community,” said Jiles Ship, National President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and member of NCLEO. “The actions on behalf of the EHPD further emphasize the need for the passage of the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), a bill that is currently pending in the U.S. Congress.”

ERPA would “prohibit any law enforcement agent or agency from engaging in racial profiling” and would provide “an individual injured by racial profiling the right to obtain declaratory or injunctive relief,” according to the Congressional Research Service summary.

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December 15 2011 Press Release PDF

 

 

 

 

December 15, 2011The Honorable Jay Rockefeller
Chairman
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
508 Dirksen Office Building
Washington, DC 20510The Honorable Fred Upton
Chairman
House Committee on Energy & Commerce
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchinson
Ranking Member
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
508 Dirksen Office Building
Washington, DC 20510The Honorable Henry Waxman
Ranking Member
House Committee on Energy & Commerce
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman RockefellerRanking Member Hutchinson, and Chairman Upton, and Ranking Member Waxman:The undersigned leading law enforcement membership organizations – Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA), National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) – encourage your committees of jurisdiction to reach agreement on public safety legislation for final passage this year. Specifically we seek legislation that allocates D Block (10 MHz of spectrum within the 700 MHz band) to public safety, while providing adequate funding for construction of a 20 MHz nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network for our nation’s first responders. Allocation of this spectrum is important to our members, the law enforcement community, and all Americans, ensuring the safety of our nation.

As law enforcement leaders representing diverse communities, the allocation of D Block and the commitment of funding for the Public Safety Broadband Network will ensure that a robust telecommunication spectrum is dedicated, and has the resources to adequately address the growing needs of our society. Law enforcement and public safety agencies across the nation have implemented and deployed technology that is dependent on the spectrum being available. It is critical that we work together to make the nation’s first interoperable public safety broadband network.

While we understand that there are differences to be resolved between the House and Senate bills, we urge you to not forfeit the opportunity to pass legislation this year. We encourage you to support this legislation because it is vital to ensuring effectiveness in law enforcement and public safety. We support and urge you to enact this legislation.

Sincerely,

Tony Cox
National President, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)

Rudy Tai
President, National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA)

Edwin Maldonado
National President, National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA)

Jiles Ship
National President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Margaret M. Moore
President, WIFLE Foundation, Inc.
And
Executive Director, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc.


 

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December 15 2011 Press Release 2 PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 15, 2011The Honorable Lamar Smith
Chairman
House Committee on Judiciary
2426 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable John Conyers
Ranking Member
House Committee on Judiciary
2426 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Conyers:We, the undersigned, the National Council of Law Enforcement Organizations (NCLEO) support the passage of H.R. 3618, End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), crucial legislation that would ban profiling by federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement that is based on race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

NCLEO members include the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA), National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE). Collectively NCLEO works to create a unified national voice to effectuate positive change on the federal, state, and local law enforcement levels through advocacy, outreach, public policy, and education on issues of mutual importance to our organizations.

NCLEO knows that racial profiling is a harmful strategy that makes our communities less safe. Research shows that when law enforcement focuses on race and ethnicity, they pay less attention to criminal behavior, reducing its ability to effectively detecting contraband or uncovering and solving crimes. Racial profiling also undermines the trust that is critical for solving crimes and keeping our communities safe. When members of our communities believe that law enforcement agents are biased or unjust, the communities lose confidence in those that are meant to protect and serve them. Also, they become less likely to report crimes or come forward for police protection if they are victimized.

Existing state laws and federal law enforcement guidance are insufficient and provide inconsistent solutions to resolve the pervasive national problem of racial profiling. In many cases, levels of government can become influenced by regional crime trends and may encourage or even condone biased policing. The recent passage of several state anti-immigrant laws makes the need for a national commitment to eliminating racial profiling all the more pressing. ERPA provides a comprehensive approach to ending racial profiling across American communities.

NCLEO represents thousands of law enforcement officials from all corners of the nation. We work to protect and serve our communities, while honoring our system of American justice. Racial profiling is at odds with America’s best traditions and highest values. To protect basic public safety and strengthen our country, we urge you to do your part to pass this critical legislation.

NCLEO applauds the leadership of Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. John Conyers as lead sponsors of this important legislation in both the Senate and House, respectively. We encourage the House Committee on Judiciary to take up this issue in and pass this legislation, as it is vital to ensuring justice, fairness, and effectiveness in law enforcement. We support and urge the passage of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011.

Sincerely,

National Council of Law Enforcement Organizations

Tony Cox
National President, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)

Rudy Tai
President, National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA)

Edwin Maldonado
National President, National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA)

Jiles Ship
National President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Margaret M. Moore
President, WIFLE Foundation, Inc.
And
Executive Director, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc.