Writing

Piece 56 – The Community & the Police of New York City

The Community & the Police of New York City
By. Raimondo Graziano

New York City struggled for many decades on the issues of crime, poverty, homelessness and lawlessness and in recent years has made significant progress from the help of members of the community, law enforcement and our elected officials. Though too often do we see that the three are very out of touch with one and the other. The needs of the community are not represented by those in office, and those meant to protect and serve their interests are in some cases not reticent or not representative of the values of the community – even in some cases doing more harm than good. This is a terrible disparity that needs to be rectified. The community, our elected officials and law enforcement need to work closer together to rectify the issues that plague our communities. Politicans need to work to address growing inequality, homelessness, affordability in living standards and other issues.

We have seen in recent months increased public transportation enforcement, including arrests some justified and others widlly out of line. What the state needs to understand is that by encouraging further enforcement you are only going to continually criminalize those who are in poverty for not being able to afford a wage which can gain them access to the ever increasing costliness of public transportation. Our politicans are somewhat to blame for this for failing to address rising inequality and a staggering homelessness crisis in the city. Coming down hard on people trying to make a living, such as vendors in the stations, does not increase quality of life for all New Yorkers. It is categorically antithetical to the spirit of the New Yorker.

Likewise, those in the community who are not in law enforcement or who have no family member in law enforcement who may have a certain perception of how law enforcement is has to work to break down their preconceptions as to what it means to be a police officer. By no measure is it a simple career or undertaking. There is a great deal of scrutiny, as their should be, and a great deal of stress involved. That being said – it is not easy being a poor, minority person of color in this city either. There is a prevalent fear that one may be targeted simply based on the color of their skin, and that they are under the suspicion of being guilty until proven innocent. Only when the community and the law enforcement meant to protect them begin to open a more constructive dialogue, and when our politicans start doing their damn jobs are we going to see a change in the hows and whys of this great, sometimes troubled city.

Old Howard Union

31 – A Interview With Joe Sanchez, Former NYPD Officer

Tonight on the show – Joe Sanchez.

Joe Sanchez was born Jose Manuel Sanchez Picon on January 16, 1947 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He is a former New York City police officer and author who published books about corruption within the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He is also a Vietnam combat wounded veteran.

Upon exposing the illegal acts committed by some high-ranking NYPD officers, he was arrested on the basis of false allegations which were highly publicized by the news media, then subsequently refuted. When his initial conviction for assault was overturned, his case exposed the existence of a code of silence among police officers known as the “Blue Wall of Silence”.

Welcome to the show, Joe.

Important Links – Please Come & See!

Joe Sanchez, Wikipedia

Bo Dietel One Tough Podcast with JOE SANCHEZ

Joe’s Personal Site

The Baltimore Post Examnier ON Joe Sanchez

JOES BOOKS

True Blue: A Tale of the Enemy Within

Latin Blues – A Tale of Police Omerta From the NYPD

Show Notes

01:55 – Joe’s Background

03:37 – Becoming a Police Officer in New York City

04:52 – Indicted, Falsely Accused

09:52 – Becoming a Correction Officer

15:54 – Corruption in the Police Department

16:22 – “You’re average police offer , whether they’re a boss a sergeant, lieutenant, a patrolmen, are GOOD PEOPLE.”

18:30 – The Police and the President

20:32 – Racisim in the Department?

21:32 – Advice to young listeners who may have not have great ideas around Police Officers.

23:00 – How to bridge the civilian, officer divide.

25:32 – Advice to young activists on how to bridge a divide in understanding between officers and activists.

28:00 – Media and their role in degrading our institutions.

30:02 – “Have an open mind when it comes to law enforcement”