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Minority police officers share concerns over racism in department

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.”

 

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