Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LRPD & Civil Service Commission: Absolutely Corrupt

Some people get it. The rest of you will after the fact, as usual. Wake-up sheeple.

Judge criticizes new LR police chief for comments on police review


Originally Posted By  on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 7:15 AM


Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen attended a recent forum — "Know Your Rights: It Could Save Your Life" — about community interactions between black people and the police. By Griffen's account, new Police Chief Kenton Buckner made inaccurate and "offensive" remarks, including in response to a question about whether there should be an independent review panel for allegations of police misuse of force.

According to Griffen, Buckner said the Civil Service Commission serves the role of a review body. But it doesn't, as Griffen explains in an essay I've reprinted below. Griffen also faulted Buckner for criticizing people in Little Rock who'd been critical of the Ferguson, Mo., police handling of the shooting of Michael Brown.

Griffen is well-known for outspokenness. I'll add my boilerplate about the urge: He has an absolute 1st Amendment right of protection from government retaliation — including judicial discipline — for speaking his mind. Does that always mean it's sound judgment for him to speak so volubly given his position? No. He's not many weeks, for example, past presiding over a trial involving a Little Rock police shooting of a black youth. If history is a guide, the subject will arise again. 

But if leading voices in the black community can't push back against a black police chief in a city with police transgressions against black people a matter of multiple court actions, I don't know who can.

And speaking of race. Please read this powerful Washington Post piece by Lawrence Otis Graham,an upper class black person prompted to reflect on race on the occasion of his privileged, polite and properly raised child being called a "nigger." It's headlined: "I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong."

Race has been much on my mind this week on account of the continued polarization of voting — Tom Cotton, for example, was defeated 344-0 in College Station. That divide is a fact, whatever your favorite reason for its existence.  Tuesday's winners — who benefited from the polarization on the white side (they outnumber blacks in Arkansas about 7-1) — want to declare race a dead issue, judging by a lively discussion on our Facebook page. Wendell Griffen, Kenton Bucker and writers like Lawrence Graham are proof that it is far from a dead issue. I think we need to keep talking.

Following are Wendell Griffen's comments on Chief Buckner (in which he concludes the chief doesn't know the difference between being pompous and being trusted based on remarks about diversity training and other issues):


By Wendell Griffen

On Thursday evening, November 6, my wife and I attended a town hall meeting titled “Know Your Rights- Because It Could Save Your Life” at Allison Memorial Presbyterian Church in downtown Little Rock. The meeting was presented by the National Bar Association (the nation’s largest and oldest association of black lawyers, judges, legal educators, and law students), the W. Harold Flowers Law Society (the Arkansas affiliate of the NBA, and the Black Law Students Association of the UALR Bowen School of Law. The main feature of the town hall meeting involved presentations by National Bar Association President Pamela Meanes of St. Louis, Missouri, Chief Kenton Buckner of the Little Rock Police Department, and Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Monroe Isadore. 

Chief Buckner’s remarks were inaccurate and, in at least one respect, offensive. 

· During the question and answer period, I asked Chief Buckner: “Will you support independent review panels for all police shootings? If not, why?” Chief Buckner replied that Little Rock already has an independent review forum for police shootings and identified the Civil Service Commission as that entity. 

· During the question and answer period, Professor Adjoa Aiyetoro of the UALR Bowen Law School asked Chief Buckner whether Little Rock police officers undergo training in implicit bias. Chief Buckner replied that police officers receive “diversity training” and that some officers are defensive about it.

· Chief Buckner criticized Little Rock residents for supporting protest efforts in Ferguson, Missouri about the slaying of eighteen year-old (and unarmed) Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department. Chief Buckner questioned why Little Rock residents would be upset about the Michael Brown shooting when black residents are victims of homicide from persons who aren’t police officers in Little Rock.

The Little Rock Civil Service Commission reviews complaints and grievances involving Little Rock police officers (and personnel in the Fire Department) to decide whether to impose discipline different from any discipline imposed by the police (or fire) department. The Commission does not permit persons who complain about use of force by police officers to present evidence. A complainant may not call witnesses. The Civil Service Commission is, plainly, not an independent review forum. It is telling that Chief Buckner claims that it is. 

There is a fundamental and recognized difference between diversity training (what Chief Buckner also described as “sensitivity training”) and training on implicit bias. Decades of social science research shows that people unconsciously engage in biased thinking that affects their behavior. 

Of special importance for people in law enforcement in cross-cultural encounters is the research surrounding hostile attribution bias, meaning a tendency to attribute the ambiguous activity of others as hostile rather than harmless. A number of experiments have been conducted with both undergraduate volunteers and police officers playing a computer game. The volunteers must choose whether to shoot or not to shoot a target who may be white or black, on the basis of whether or not they are armed. Consistently, participants made slower and less accurate decisions on whether to shoot an unarmed black target than an unarmed white target. They were quicker and more likely to correctly decide to shoot an armed black target than an armed white target.

If Chief Buckner doesn’t know about implicit bias he could and should have said so. Instead, his remarks exposed a pompous ignorance. 

My wife and I know the parents of one of the homicide victims Chief Buckner named when he criticized local efforts to protest the killing of Michael Brown. We still grieve the murder of their only child. Chief Buckner had no right or reason to suggest that any person present Thursday night prevented Little Rock police from identifying and arresting anyone responsible for killing our friends’ son or any of the other homicide victims he named. 

Michael Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson, is a police officer. Wilson was concealed by the police for more than a week. The St. Louis County prosecutor refused to charge Wilson with committing homicide. Chief Buckner’s criticism about local support for protests about the killing of Michael Brown is outrageous because Little Rock police have also been criticized for killing people without just cause. 

The big difference between being pompous and being professional is the difference between holding a title and being trusted. Sadly, Chief Buckner doesn’t appear to understand that difference.    

City Police Chief Says Technology "Exposes Corruption" In Nation's Police Departments

City Police Chief Says Technology "Exposes Corruption" In Nation's Police Departments


TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, YOU DIRTY UNDER-HANDED BASTARD

EXPECT US BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY 
This corrupt piece of shit (Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Tremar Buckner) REALLY has his nerve. 

Listen to this bullshit audio interview, then check out this link of what he REALLY thinks when Kenton believes that it's just him and the Corrupt Crony Club that Kenton Buckner blindly serves. 

Kenton Tremar Buckner is piece of corrupt shit whose word is just as shitty as his professionalism, a Step-n-Fetch-It whip-holdin' Bo-Bo. 

Rumor is, Kenton Tremar Buckner looking for a new job now that he's been exposed as a CORRUPT piece of shit dirty cop covering for criminal cops in the most extreme of degrees.

Move on Kenton, you dirty sneaky crony bastard. Let a cop with some sense takeover from here. 

WKNO FM REPORTS:
Little Rock's Police Chief is reaching his second anniversary on the job.
With crime rates at their lowest in decades and use of force incidents dropping in the city, Kenton Buckner explains his views on policing, race, use of force, and his goals for Little Rock.
Chief Kenton Buckner: I believe that technology has caught up with some of our misdeeds; technology has exposed some of the corruption in law enforcement. You know, there are folks, citizens, or even chiefs… people in this profession who are acting as if some of the acts that we have recently been exposed to are new. We must be reminded that Rodney King occurred in 1993. Black and brown communities have been complaining about this treatment for decades… the iPhone and iPads have just caught up with these complaints. So I think that first we have to walk to the podium and accept responsibility for some of the harm that we’ve caused our communities.
I think the community also needs to be mindful of the vast majority of our police officers are professional and do a great job, but then chiefs have to be willing to say that there is probably a small percentage of our agencies who should not be wearing our badge and uniform.
I think technology, with the on-body cameras, is something that I believe that will drastically change our profession—you immediately have somewhat of an independent witness that will be able to give an account for what has happened. While it is not a perfect tool, I think it will be an effective tool, but we also must be mindful that it not—it does not always capture everything, so it—so it’s certainly not a penicillin pill for the problems that we have.
KUAR's Sarah Whites-Koditschek: In our last conversation you spoke about historic scars in Little Rock from police-involved shootings, especially those involving members of minority communities. Recently, the department settled a lawsuit brought by the sons of former officer Eugene Ellison, an elderly black man shot by a white—two white off-duty police officers in his home. Do you think that the resolution of this case is an example of the department and community coming to terms over a historic scar?

Chief Buckner: Well, I think that it’s… It’s an example of how a critical incident can divide our community. Policing is a very difficult profession, and that is increasing by the day. The level of scrutiny that we’re under makes it very, very challenging, but I think that we certainly have to admit when there are opportunities for improvement. It’s no secret that much of the crime in our communities, specifically violent crime, is in concentrated areas that are occupied by minorities. That incident that occurred in 2010 certainly was divisive to our community and our police department. So to be able to effectively bring that to a resolution to where everyone felt that they were shown dignity and respect is certainly a step in the right direction to healing our community.
Whites-Koditschek: So I think in the—in our last conversation, we talked about stop-and-frisk policies, and you were concerned about that mass approach to policing. Is that something that the department aggressively pursues, or considers pursuing, as an approach?
Chief Buckner: In my opinion, stop-and-frisk-type initiatives are counter-productive as it relates to community and police relationships, and they offer a very fragile, hollow, short-term success for dealing with crime. You go into a community and you have these stop-and-frisk initiatives, and you have these high number of citations or stops that you have, but the fact of the matter is that you’re alienating 95 percent of the community in your attempts to pursue that five percent.
Whites-Koditschek: And I know you’ve repeatedly told community members you want more accountability from them—I’ve heard you say that in different meetings and forums—what does that mean to you, and when do you think it’s appropriate to ask for that?
Chief Buckner: There are what I would call a common denominator of socio-economical factors that are ingredients, or kind of the genesis of crime-infested communities: poverty, low academic achievement, minimal to no parental involvement in education, single parent homes, substance abuse, mental illness, all of those things become a cocktail for destruction in a community. You cannot expect the police to fix those things. Public safety is what we do, public safety is what we’re resourced for, public safety is why we were designed, and these social issues that plague these communities, there are many other folks that will have to be at the table to be able to address some of those things to have sustained success.
Public safety is not a spectator sport, the police are not going to change your community; change comes from the people. New facilities that we’re building all over the community, that’s not going to change the community; change comes from the people. If you as a parent don’t think that it’s—that anything is wrong with your fourteen-year-old kid being out at two o’clock in the morning, then there’s nothing that the police is going to be able to do to save that child. If you don’t think it’s important to go to your child’s parent-teacher conference, there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of that child. So the people are going to have to get engaged in what’s going on in the community, take a very intimate role in public safety, specifically in their homes first, where I believe many of these things start. And when we do that, I think you’re less likely to need enforcement, and then we can begin to build bridges to these common destinations that we all aspire to have.
Whites-Kodicheck: Chief Buckner, thanks so much for coming, and we really appreciate it.
Chief Buckner: Thank you.

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