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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

High Ranking NYPD Officials Used N-Word, Told Officers To ‘Treat Black People Like Animals’

A federal discrimination lawsuit brought against the NYPD by one of its own has further exposed the extent of blatant, sanctioned racism within the department.
The discrimination lawsuit was filed by minority officers that believe they were passed over for promotions because of race.
According to the testimony of three officers, high ranking officials regularly used the n-word to address suspects, and instructed officers to treat black people like animals and “shoot to kill” if necessary.
“Capt. Coan would tell the field team . . . ‘They are f—–g animals. You make sure if you have to shoot, you shoot them in the head. That way there’s one story,’ ” said the retired detective.
The ex-cop, identified only as Undercover 7988, said Coan’s racist rant came before every search warrant executed in Brooklyn’s Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York from 2008 to 2010.
‘They didn’t care if it was kids in there, they didn’t care if it was women in there, naked women,’ the detective said. ‘. . . They treated them as if they had no rights whatsoever. It was disgusting.’
Another officer who testified claims that in 2005, he walked into an apartment where he heard Davin telling officers, ‘If you have to shoot a n—-r, do what you gotta do.’
Racism exposed in discrimination lawsuit Considering their behavior and tactics over the last 20 years, this isn't too much of a surprise, but it has been revealed that NYPD officers are trained and instructed to "treat black people like animals."
The revelation comes in the midst of a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by Detective Debra Lawson who claims that minority-group members in her unit were passed over for good assignments and career advancement.Three officers, one a retired high-ranking detective, from the firearms suppression unit testified that Capt. James Coan and Lt. Daniel Davin "created a hostile environment for both their black detectives and suspected minority-group gun traffickers."

The NY Daily News reports:
Davin used the N-word to address black suspects, while Coan considered the unit’s minority-group targets almost subhuman, the depositions indicate.
“Capt. Coan would tell the field team . . . ‘They are f-----g animals. You make sure if you have to shoot, you shoot them in the head. That way there’s one story,’ ” said the retired detective.
The ex-cop, identified only as Undercover 7988, said Coan’s racist rant came before every search warrant executed in Brooklyn’s Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York from 2008 to 2010.
“They didn’t care if it was kids in there, they didn’t care if it was women in there, naked women,” the detective said. “. . . They treated them as if they had no rights whatsoever. It was disgusting."
Another officer who testified claims that in 2005, he walked into an apartment where he heard Davin telling officers, “If you have to shoot a n----r, do what you gotta do.”
Coan has denied making such comments.

NYPD Cop Who Shot Sean Bell Says "No Apologies, No Regrets" [video]

Gescard Isnora was fired two weeks ago, so he's speaking out Bullets don't come with apology letters and former NYPD officer Gescard Isnora is making sure it stays that way.
The man who fired the first shot (well, first 11 out of 50 actually) in the Sean Bell tragedy spoke with NBC New York, two weeks after he was fired from his job and given no pension. He says that looking back on the situation, he feels like the mayor and the police department "threw him to the wolves" to appease protestors and media backlash. And even though a jury found him not guilty of any wrongdoing, he says he's still upset that he was even put on trial in the first place.When asked why he felt he had to use lethal force in a conflict where three unarmed men were shot, with Bell getting killed, he said he really felt like his life was in danger. When asked why he shot 11 bullets, he insisted that in a high-pressure situation such as that one, you don't count the bullets.
But, his most jaw dropping statement comes when he is asked if he feels sorry about what he did. While he said his heart goes out to the Bell family for the loss they suffered, he says that he has "no apologies, no regrets" for his actions and feels that he was just doing his job. Check him out for yourself in the video.

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