Apparently the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers is angry because of the recent demotion of Detective Jerome Hall-Brewster whose rank was reduced to patrol officer after it was found that he failed to arrest a man who is now the suspect in the gruesome murder of Amy Lord.
The Boston Globe reports:
An advocacy group for minority police officers is calling for the resignation of Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis, arguing that his administration disciplines officers of color more harshly than their white colleagues and operates an unfair system of promotions.
Larry Ellison, a Boston detective and president of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, said during a meeting Tuesday night at the group’s Dorchester headquarters that the organization had taken a vote of no confidence in Davis and his second in command, Superintendent in Chief Daniel P. Linskey.
Ellison said in a brief interview after the meeting that he is calling for Davis to resign.
Among the issues Ellison raised was the demotion of Jerome Hall-Brewster, a black officer who was stripped of his detective’s badge last week after the department found that he did not follow up on a September 2012 case involving Edwin Alemany, who is now charged with the kidnapping and murder of Amy Lord, a 24-year-old South Boston woman, on July 23.
In condemning the commissioner, Ellison said the Police Department’s brief investigation of Hall-Brewster’s actions violated his due process rights.
Hall-Brewster did not attend the meeting, but his brother, Boston Detective Arthur Hall-Brewster, said he is being scapegoated.
“Davis is a liar,” Arthur Hall-Brewster said, growing emotional.
Arthur Hall-Brewster said he bears no ill will toward the residents of South Boston. He said they were “set up” to cheer when Davis announced his brother’s demotion at a recent public safety meeting.
Officials have said Jerome Hall-Brewster did not pursue Alemany in a 2012 attack on a woman in Boston because he did not think he had probable cause for an arrest. They have also said he did not respond to phone calls and e-mails about the case from the crime lab.
His lawyer contends that he did not respond to three e-mail messages from a lab staff member, but responded within 24 hours to a fourth message, in which the specialist asked whether Hall-Brewster believed the items he submitted for DNA testing belonged to the suspect in the 2012 attack.
As long as the police exist as an institution, I’m sympathetic to the idea that the local police force should be representative of the population it’s supposed to serve and that promotions and disciplinary action should not be given out in a discriminatory manner. On the other hand, it’s ridiculous that the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers is treating this particular cop as a victim.
Just in case Jerome Hall-Brewster’s failure to arrest Edwin Alemany wasn’t enough, it’s worth a reminder that Hall-Brewster was one of three cops who, in 2007, arrested Simon Glik. Glik saw Hall-Brewster and two of his colleagues using what he believed to be excessive force to make an arrest, so he used his cell-phone camera to record them. The three cops responded by arresting him as well and charging him with several spurious charges including violating the state wiretapping statute, a law which only prohibits the secret recording of others.
All the charges were ultimately dropped or dismissed, but the Boston Police Department continued defending the actions of the three thug cops until 2012. Glik was later given a $170,000 settlement for his false arrest. That money came from taxpayers, of course, not from the pockets of Jerome Hall-Brewster and his fellow thugs in blue. Hall-Brewster was never held accountable for violating Glik’s rights.
If the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers believes that white cops are receiving preferential treatment and want to do something about it, that’s fine by me, but they shouldn’t be backing an incompetent thug who should have been fired and put in jail years ago.