NEW YORK – Former NYC mayor Bill de Blasio forced four White NYPD top officials out of their jobs in order to push his diversity agenda, say the officers.
De Blasio forced out four White NYPD chiefs as part of diversity push, court docs allege https://t.co/JFfbxIdWjZ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 9, 2022
An amended complaint revealed e-mails from 2017 between de Blasio and former Commissioner James O’Neill that expressed concern over the retirement of Carlos Gomez, the Chief of the Department, who is of Cuban descent.
They stated that it would “only exacerbate the demographic tensions” in the city.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of former Chief of Community Affairs Joanne Jaffe in the Southern District of New York revealed e-mails that have been cited as a portion of the ongoing lawsuit.
They provide details on how de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, allegedly influenced NYPD personnel matters.
The complaint states that the e-mails show “a cynical public relations move that put de Blasio’s political interests ahead of the law and the well-being of dedicated NYPD civil servants.”
Warren Wilhelmina Jr, who also goes by “Bill De Blasio” forced out four White NYPD chiefs as part of diversity push, court docs allege https://t.co/oFJnEJ8SkC
— Jon Najarian (@jonnajarian) May 10, 2022
According to Fox News, Jaffe, Thomas Purtell, Chief of Citywide Operations, Diane Pizzuti, Chief of Personnel, and Joseph Fox, Chief of Transit, were forced into retirement in January 2018. This was all due to de Blasio’s push to place people of color into NYPD higher positions.
The complaint states that de Blasio and his wife led interviews to find a replacement for Jaffe’s position. This all took place before Jaffe was aware of being forced out of her job.
E-mails reveal de Blasio wanted the press release announcement for Nilda Hofmann announcing her job as Chief of Campus Security using her maiden name of Irizarry. This was to place emphasis on her Latino background. Yet, Hofmann had not used that name for over two decades.
Deputy Chief Rodney Harrison was pushed to take over for Gomez because he is Black e-mails reveal. Terence Monahan was named as the new Chief of the Department, and Harrison took Monaha’s previous position.
Fox remarked that,
“What they did was unethical.
The mayor was increasingly tinkering in personnel decisions later in his eight years.
It got so you could not promote deputy inspectors without checking with City Hall.
But there was no explanation, no footnote, no press release that said why we needed to do this.”
The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the writer, a retired Police Chief and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
NEW YORK CITY- As a retired police officer, one might think the incoming mayor of New York City, Eric Adams would be a little bit cognizant of optics.
That of course depends on who Adams is trying to impress or reach out to. Clearly it isn’t the police officers with whom he formerly worked, nor mainstream New Yorkers.
That much was evident on Wednesday as Adams’ choice for the NYPD’s new police commissioner, Keechant Sewell, was announced, with the ceremony taking place in front of a mural containing black revolutionaries and a convicted cop killer, Fox New reports. Seriously.
Sewell, now former Nassau County Chief of Detectives was introduced with a mural of Malcolm X, Nat Turner, Angela Davis, and cop-killer Assata Shakur in the background. The news conference took place at a public housing development in Queens which Sewell’s family once called home.
Shakur, who in her pre-Muslim days was known as JoAnne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Liberation Army and was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973.
She remains on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list and has been hiding out in Cuba since 1984 after she escaped from prison in 1979. This will no doubt help instill confidence in the over 30,000 members of the NYPD she now has command over. Pretty tone deaf.
Angela Davis meanwhile isn’t exactly a girl scout herself. Known as a so-called “civil rights activist,” Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA and the Black Panther Party.
In 1970, she was involved in the kidnapping of a judge and juror during a trial involving three inmates. Davis was implicated in having secured the weapons used in the case.
When police responded to the court, the inmates and judge all died in a hail of bullets. Davis was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted List and was captured in 1972.
Davis was locked up in prison for 16 months until she was finally acquitted of all charges.
Davis is the poster child of far-left revolutionaries and has been tied to a number of activist movements, including black liberation, anti-capitalism, and feminism. She is a frequent speaker still on far-left college and university campuses.
Malcolm X was the criminal version of Dr. Martin Luther King, known as a civil rights leader who gained prominence as the voice of the Nation of Islam, telling blacks they needed to gain their civil rights “by any means necessary,” including through violence.
That violence would claim his life in February 1965 in New York City when he was gunned down in front of his wife and family, according to CNN. Last month, two men who were convicted in his death were exonerated in his death, including one man who had since died, having served over 55 years in prison.
Finally, Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in 1831 in Southampton County, Virginia, which resulted in the deaths of more than 50 white people, according to History.com. Approximately 120 slaves died in the aftermath of the rebellion.
Conversely Harriet Tubman used peaceful means to free slaves via her “Underground Railroad.”
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik was apoplectic over the mural, posting his outrage on Twitter:
“SHOCKING AND REPULSIVE. The black radical Marxists in this mural belonged to groups that were responsible for a number of #NYC Police assassinations in the 70s and 80s. Assata Shakur, the inspiration for #BLM and a convicted cop killer, lives in exile in Cuba.”
Chuck Ross tweeted:
“NEW @ FreeBeacon
Eric Adams names NYPD commissioner at event held in front of cop killer mural in Queens.”
Journalist Chris Rufo tweeted:
“Assata Shakur was the leader of the Black Liberation Army, a racial terror group that ambushed and murdered NYPD officers in the 1970s. Shakur was later convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper.”
Finally from someone named Alberto Miguel Fernandez:
“You have to work really hard to intentionally do this in front of a mural featuring mostly leftist/racist revolutionaries and depicting not one, but TWO cop-killers. Does not bode well for the NYPD or law and order in the city.”
Sewell is replacing outgoing NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who is retiring from the department after 30 years, the past two as commissioner.
Shea presided over some rough times for the department, with COVID-19 and riots in the aftermath of the George Floyd death. More recently, a number of NYPD officers have been forced off the job due to lame duck Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandates.
Adams, in touting Sewell said:
“She’s the woman for the job. She carried with her throughout her career a sledgehammer and she crushed every glass ceiling that was put in her way. Today, she has crashed and destroyed the final one we need in New York City.”
Hopefully, Sewell’s appointment was not merely for the purposes of checking off a box on the diversity card. Meanwhile, Fox News reached out to Adams’ office about the controversial mural, however no response was received.
The mural, however, was an awfully bad look for an outsider coming in to take command of the country’s largest police department.
Tragedy strikes again at the heart of the NYPD and New York City with the shooting deaths of police Officer Jason Rivera, a 22-year-old with just two years on the job and his partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, 27-years-old with four years.
The officers were responding to a call for a domestic dispute where the mother had called on her son, 47-year-old Lashawn McNeil.
As the officers approached the rear bedroom in the apartment, McNeil opened fire with an illegally possessed .45 caliber Glock pistol equipped with a high capacity magazine, fatally shooting both officers.
At a press conference, NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and NYC Mayor Eric Adams both gave impassioned speeches about gun violence and the emotional trauma experienced within New York City, their administration and the New York City Police Department.
Mayor Eric Adams called out Washington DC stating that the gun trafficking into NYC is a “Failure at the Federal Level”.
Mayor Adams went on to say that “We are going to find these guns and do everything possible to remove them”. “We are going to protect this city”.
For now, New York City and the NYPD are still in morning over the tragic loss of Officer Rivera. There will be an Inspector’s funeral for Officer Rivera and Officer Mora with full honors where thousands of law enforcement officers from both the NYPD and around the country will come, paying their respects to a complete stranger.
But Officer Rivera and Mora are not strangers, rather a band of Brothers in Blue, part of a family that transcends geographical boundaries.
Officers Rivera and Mora were the epitome of what is good and decent, of what it means to serve something greater than yourself, to sacrifice everything, to come to the aide of anyone who needed help without hesitation, valor and bravery at the highest level.
But after the last note from the bagpipe has played, the folding of the American flags from the caskets of Officer Rivera and Mora presented to his grieving families, there will be a clarion call for justice.
Will Mayor Adams make good on his promises, to do everything possible to rid NYC of guns and gun violence?
Will Police Commissioner Sewell reinstate the NYPD’s “Broken Windows” policy, a proven strategy from Mayor Giuliani’s administration where minor “Quality of Life” violations were enforced?
Will plain clothes units like “Street Crime and Anti-Crime” be resurrected to combat this plague of violent street felonies like carjackings, robberies and other vicious assaults?
Or was Mayor Adams simply pandering to the cameras, to the national audience with hubris and bluster, shifting the blame to Washington DC while never actually explaining how he plans to address this serious problem?
There is a true “War on Police” where the criminal element feels emboldened to take up arms without fear.
In McNeil’s case, he is a proven cancer on society and career criminal out on parole, who repeatedly espoused hateful anti-government and anti-police rhetoric on social media.
After years of bashing the police, labeling them as “racist”, many cities across the country are on life support.
This collapse of society can be pointed directly at the politicians who at the local, state and national level, not only championed the call to “Defund the Police”, but also used it as wedge issue during many of their respective campaigns.
The solution to this problem is glaringly obvious. The question remains; do the mayor of New York City and the police commissioner of the NYPD have the leadership ability to restore law and order and take back their city from the criminals?
The time for action is now. No more hollow words and speeches that deflect from responsibility but a committed law enforcement strategy to save the City of New York.
We owe this to Police Officer Jason Rivera, his partner Police Officer Wilbert Mora and their families.
Christopher Strom is a US Marine, NYPD Intelligence Officer and author of “Brooklyn to Baghdad: An NYPD Cop Fights Terror in Iraq. Mr. Strom is also a frequent guest on major news media outlets, giving context on Counter Terrorism and Policing in America.
‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign
NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”
As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.
In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.
Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.
From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability.
Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.
As the Sig Sauer website states:
“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.
“This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”
In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.
Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”
We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”
Taylor told us:
“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….
“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources.
“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.”
“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded.
“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….
“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now.
Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.
“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….
“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”
Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.
He told us:
“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.
“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”
Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:
“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement….
“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset.
“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”
“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”
“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….
“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.
“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”
In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.
To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.
Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.
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