NAACP Calls Upon NYS AG for Investigation

“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.”

Elouise Maxey
Branch President
Northern Dutchess NAACP

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