“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. However, my memories are refreshed after every phone call I receive that alleges police misconduct by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. They were refreshed once again by what I read in Tuesday’s newspaper article.
“After the March 11th incident involving the two young sisters and the Police Department, I asked the Mayor and the Police Chief to implement special training on TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) – training in proper ways to interact with and apprehend children, the elderly, and the mentally handicapped. I also asked them to hire a youth officer, one who is trained to deal with youth. It is my opinion that if a youth officer had been on duty on March 11th, the outcome would have been very different. Further, I asked that mandatory diversity and sensitivity training be conducted on an ongoing basis. To date, I have not heard about any progress in these matters.
“The Police Department cannot police itself or investigate its own wrongdoings. Therefore, I am calling upon the New York State Attorney General to investigate the police practice and the alleged racial bias here in the City of Poughkeepsie.”
Northern Dutchess NAACP