Cheryl Dorsey: Chief Beck, please explain what criminal activity, if any, Ford had been suspected of committing as he walked down 65th Street.
Cheryl Dorsey: So why then was Horne fired? My guess it’s because she did not have her cart hitched to the right horse.
Cheryl Dorsey: Here’s what contempt of cop looks like. A police officer finds you guilty of offending his sensibilities; you get smart; and then you pay. “Pay” can mean a traffic ticket, a trip to the hospital after a use of force incident, three-hots-and-a-cot after being booked for assault on a police officer, or death.
Cheryl Dorsey: Unfortunately, death and a settlement are required before a police department is willing to step away from over-zealous, “I’m in fear for my safety” or “I was protecting the public,” police officers who kill.
Cheryl Dorsey: The female sergeant on scene had an affirmative responsibility to take control of the officers, the situation and thus Eric Garner. The sergeant failed.
Cheryl Dorsey: There was no such indignation or outrage as uniformed police officers paraded around the streets of Missouri wearing those “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands.
Cheryl Dorsey: As law enforcement officers we all understand that it’s not appropriate or justified to shoot someone just because they were trying to escape arrest. Deadly force is supposed to be a last resort – not the first resort.
Cheryl Dorsey: So now we know that if you are a passenger in a car, a pedestrian on a public street, or an innocent person in a stairwell you just might end up dead at the hands of a police officer whom you may have angered, scarred, or startled.
Cheryl Dorsey: An internal LAPD survey completed amidst a chorus of unfair discipline by its officers and at the behest of Police Chief Charlie Beck shows that LAPD officers feel the Chief is biased on discipline issues.
Cheryl Dorsey: I am disappointed by an unrepentant and unapologetic police department that will never admit wrong-doing. I am saddened that this black life [Mike Brown] does not seem to matter.
Cheryl Dorsey: Eric Frein and Christopher Dorner both appeared to have pre-planned their attacks. Both were considered armed and dangerous. Both killed law enforcement officers in a cold-blooded and calculated manner. But only one was “ordered to lie face down and was handcuffed.”
Cheryl Dorsey: Currently, there seems to be a lack of uniformity in the way discipline is administered amongst the rank and file. It would appear that if an officer has the right sponsor, exceptions can be made.
Cheryl Dorsey: Errant police officers who have been found guilty of serious misconduct at a Board of Rights hearing have routinely been allowed to leave the department, in the middle of the night, under a cloud of mystery and suspicion. This is part of the LAPD culture.