Posted by: communitycop | May 22, 2008

NYPD TOP COP PROFILED???

Three-star NYPD Chief Douglas Zeigler, the highest ranking Black uniformed police officer & head of the Community Affairs Bureau since 2006, was approached by two white plainclothes New York City police officers with guns drawn as he sat near a fire hydrant in his NYPD-issued department issued SUV at 57th Ave. and Xenia St. in Corona about 7 p.m. on May 2, 2008.

Sources tell us that one of the plainclothes officers told him to roll down his heavily tinted windows and then ordered him to get out of the SUV. After Zeigler identified himself one of the officers did not believe the NYPD identification Zeigler gave him and got into a heated argument with him!

In his briefing to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Zeigler said the two cops, who are white, had no legitimate reason to approach his SUV.

The two police officers however, dispute the story. They said one of the officers spotted Zeigler’s service weapon through the rolled-down window, and yelled “Gun!” and that’s when they both raised their weapons and ordered the driver out of the car. Zeigler stated in his discussions with Kelly, that the officers never yelled “Gun!” The officers also stated that Zeigler did not identified himself as an armed member of the NYPD but instead shouted, “Don’t you know who I am?” One of the officers also stated that Zeigler pushed him away when he reached over to check the identification badge around his neck. Only then did Zeigler tell the two officers his name and rank. That cop was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified assignment.

“He dealt with the chief in a discourteous manner, which is unacceptable,” stated police spokesman Paul Browne. The status of the second officer was unclear.

“This is a stop and frisk issue,” Marq Claxton, of the 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, & co-host of Community Cop, said May 11 on a radio talk show. “He (Ziegler) was just seconds away from becoming the next Sean Bell”.

The incident occurred as the NYPD is under fire for record numbers of pedestrians being stopped and frisked, the majority of them black or Hispanic. Some 145,098 people were stopped by the NYPD in the first quarter of this year.

“Our people must learn to connect the dots, it does not matter what your social status is, it happens because we are Black,” said Claxton.


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Responses

  1. After watching “Black in America” on CNN. and being a black woman, mother and sister living in America for sixty years, I am just too tired of watching this racial profiling continue throughout the years. How much longer will we as a people be judged by the color if our skin instead of the content of our character?

  2. I am fed up of this argument if two black police officers approached a white chief nobody would be saying it was racial profiling, as to the problem as to black people being frisked has it ever occurred to people that they may live in an area with higher crime rates therefore more likely to be searched than people in a more built up area e.g Harlem as opposed to an area around the empire state. The only people who are still obsessed over their skin color are the blacks. Name the last time when a white person got pulled over said “is it cos i am white”

  3. SAME AS IT EVER WAS

  4. MAYBE NOW HE WILL UNDERSTAND HOW ALL THOSE PERPS HE ARRESTED FOR A BULL SHIT BAG OF WEED FEEL A BLACK MAN WITH A BADGE IS NO DIFFERENT THEN A BLACK MAN WITH OUT ONE SAME AS IT EVER WAS IN THIS COUNTRY

  5. It is apparent that, Al Hajj Malik Shabazz was right on point when he taught us that no matter what you station in life is as an African American, the status quo does not and will not recognize you as their equal.

    That’s why I miss the the late great Rev. Albert Cleage, Jr., ( Shrine Of The Black Madonna). Where he mention on a archival footage from Tony Browns Journal, that “we as a people will become empowered only by coming together and create our own, and stop looking to outside forces to handle our problems” – do for self and kind.

    When we have our own, than Brother Zeigler, will stand toe to toe and be respected as he should have been.

    HOTEP TO All


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