Friday, September 25, 2015

Councilman Jamal Fox On Police Accountability And Racial Profiling

On March 5, 2014, Triad City Beat's Eric Ginsburg reported:

"Though his comments were brief, Councilman Jamal Fox made the strongest statement from a council member during the meeting but remained cautious in his remarks.

“I still believe that we can look forward to strengthen and review this process more,” Fox said, especially considering the volume of community concerns."

Citizens in Greensboro's District 2 and others believed Councilman Fox supported efforts to establish a police review process.

I didn't write about it then because 1. I wasn't up to speed on the issue and 2. Was mired deep in the corruption that I am constantly reporting on the part of the Greensboro City Council. After all, there are 9 of them and only 1 of me. Sometimes, like the "real media" I fall behind too.

I was at least somewhat aware of the issue and have always believed honest cops need not fear citizen review. But despite the fact that I am really no fan of Nelson Johnson and some of the folks involved in the current citizen review process I know from growing up that when my grandfather found a bad apple he didn't cut down his entire apple orchard. If Nelson Johnson and others need to be weeded from the process then fine but just because you don't like who came up with the idea is no reason to cut down the entire tree.

And as you can see in this report from Fox 8 Jamal and the rest of the Greensboro City Council failed to support  House Bill 193, the Prohibit Racial Profiling bill:

"House Bill 193 would ask law enforcement agencies statewide to track traffic stops and homicides to determine if there are irregular patterns with arrest records and tickets. It would also ask agencies to add anti-discriminatory training to an officer’s annual requirements. Neighborhood watch groups would also be asked to go through anti-discriminatory training."

Kinda makes you go hum...

Could it be because police accountability would not have allowed for Jamal and possibly other City Council members to use Greensboro Police to cover up things like Councilman Jamal Fox's Domestic Violence Incident?

And why are not seeing this police cover-up being reported by the main stream media? Are they covering it up as well?