Wednesday, May 13, 2015
FBI Warned White Supremacist Police Officers Exist
The blatant brutality and mortality heaped on Blacks by the police over the last year alone has left a lot of people asking the same question.
"What's wrong with our police?"
We know every organization has its bad apples. We know that for the most part, our nation's police departments have rosters of good officers that take pride in protecting and serving the communities they're assigned to. Among those good officers, there are some individuals masquerading as police but in reality are nothing more than thugs in a uniform.
There is another darker and dangerous element that could be hidden among the aforementioned reasons for the escalated police brutality toward blacks.
This compelling, yet rarely discussed possibility is magnified by an FBI warning issued in October 2006. That report suggested that "White supremacist infiltration of law enforcement" represented a significant national threat.
It seems Bull Conner's legacy isn't as dormant as we believed.
The FBI's report was not without merit.
Before the report was released a federal court found that members of a Los Angeles sheriff's department formed a Neo-Nazi gang and habitually terrorized the black community.
Also the Chicago police department fired, Jon Burge, a detective with reputed ties to the Klu Klux Klan, after discovering he tortured over 100 Black male suspects.
In Cleveland Ohio the Mayor discovered the city police locker rooms were infested with "White Power" graffiti. Years later, a Texas sheriff department discovered that two of its deputies were recruiters for the Klan.
After the FBI’s warning, white supremacy extremism in the U.S. ballooned. From 2008 to 2014, the number of white supremacist groups, reportedly, grew from 149 to nearly a thousand. A lot of the growth was attributed to the election of the first Black U.S. President. No one but the FBI was watching just how far into society this "new wave" of extremists were entrenching themselves.
It appears the FBI's warning was center mass accurate.
So far in 2015 at least seven San Francisco law enforcement officers have been suspended after an investigation revealed they exchanged numerous "White Power" communications laden with remarks about "lynching African-Americans and burning crosses." Three reputed Klan members that served as correction officers were arrested for conspiring to murder a Black inmate. At least four Fort Lauderdale police officers were fired after an investigation found that the officers fantasized about killing black suspects.
Such entrenched and determined racism is often associated with the deep South. However recent attacks in Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona, Kansas, and North Carolina, confirms a nationwide re-emergence of these purveyors of hate and racism has taken place.
The United States does not publicly track white supremacists so the full extent of their involvement in law enforcement cannot be determined. Law enforcement and the judicial system as a whole are the last places a white supremacist should reside.
The white supremacist threat brings to light a dark possibility of extreme racist being in positions of direct power over those they detest. that some believed extinct. It certainly fuels distrusts between police and communities of color.
As the nation struggles to resolve the perplexities of police brutality, the white supremacist threat has to be a part of the equation and the discussions. The presence of extremist of any contexts has no business in any position where integrity, fairness, and citizens lives and livelihood is at stake.