Blue Truth Findings Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — May 20, 2021 — USA Today Network Journalist Frank Scandale informed readers that “after the killing of George Floyd seared in our mind the picture of a white cop kneeling on a Black man’s neck,” he engaged in checking the racial breakdown of police department.We check the racial breakdown of police departments.
Scandale reports that the USA Today Network’s Atlantic Region “found that it appears that most police departments failed to come close to matching their ranks, in terms of diversity, with the constituents they are sworn to protect.”
Further still, “it also found that many high-ranking law enforcement officials either did not want to talk about the diversity struggles within departments, or when they did, their frustration poured out over failed efforts to do so.”
It must be noted that New York State requires statistics about race and police departments are tabulated, delineated, and maintained. The data revealed “that four of the worst counties, in terms of disparity, are in the Hudson Valley region.
The City of Yonkers, “the region’s largest city with a police force nearly three times the next biggest department, has just 43 black officers, or 7%, among its 600 sworn cops whereas the city’s population is 20% Black.”
“Hudson Valley counties are the furthest in the state from having their police mirror the minority populations they serve” noted Scandale. “In fact, more than half the police departments in Westchester … have one or fewer Black officers, including 10 that have none. Another 12 departments have one Black officer, including some with more than 45 officers such as Eastchester, Mamaroneck Village and Yorktown.”
Robert Carter, SNUG Program Director, said “There’s no commonality between the cultures, they don’t understand the culture, they don’t understand the people, they don’t understand the language.” Carter emphasized that “he would like to see more community policing.”