In an effort to voice their anger and concern, minority officers in the St. Louis city police department met with the department's highest-ranking black commanders about issues they believe illustrate racism within the ranks and the need for reform.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports about 30 members of the Ethical Society of Police packed the special meeting convened to call black commanders to action in the wake of a racist letter sent to a black police officer allegedly by another officer in South Patrol.
The group’s president, Sgt. Darren Wilson, said last week that the racist note was symptomatic of a larger, citywide problem. Wilson asked “If you’re treating a police department employee like this, how are we treating our citizens?” Wilson opened Wednesday’s meeting by saying black leaders must do more to increase the number of black commanders on the force by reforming the promotion process.
Meanwhile, Deputy Police chief, Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins, believes black officers share responsibility in striving for equality saying, "You cannot just sit on the sidelines and complain. You can’t say the process is unfair if you’re not involved in it.”
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The chairman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County has resigned after writing what's been called a racist and sexist email about U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis' primary challenger.
Illinois Republican Party chairman Jack Dorgan says he accepted Jim Allen's resignation on Thursday afternoon. Allen wrote an email Tuesday suggesting Erika Harold could fill a "minority quota" if she lost the Republican primary. The biracial Harvard law school graduate was crowned Miss America in 2003 and launched her bid to challenge Davis this month.
During a conference call Thursday, Davis said Allen should step down from the county post. That call was echoed by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who said Allen should apologize to Harold and resign.
Allen's name already was removed from a list of Davis supporters.
The Sigma Alpha Eplison fraternity chapter at Washington University has been reinstated.
SAE was suspended in February after pledges were allegedly involved in a racist stunt on campus. The university newspaper reported that pledges were given a scavenger hunt and during the activity a group of pledges recited racist rap lyrics to a group of black students.
Washington University’s Student Life newspaper reports that a group of African-American students were having dinner in the Bear’s Den dining facility when a few students approached and took a photo of them. The fraternity pledges then returned with a larger group of people, and began reciting the words to a rap song that contained repeated use of the "N-word."
University officials have suspended the fraternity while they investigate the incident.
Mike Zissman, president of the Wash U chapter of SAE apologized on Facebook for the incident, calling it "detestable" and "completely unacceptable."