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A Reply from “The Community” to New Pittsburgh Police Chief

In Articles on December 26, 2014 at 12:56 am
New Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay tells "the community" in his recent "open letter to the community": “Here in Pittsburgh, we too have had our incidents, and the public trust is in jeopardy. If we, the police, are to regain legitimacy, we must assure those calling for change that we hear and understand them, and are committed to police accountability...and, in the process, demonstrate to our communities of color that we hear and understand the pain..."

New Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay tells “the community” in his recent “open letter to the community”:
“Here in Pittsburgh, we too have had our incidents, and the public trust is in jeopardy. If we, the police, are to regain legitimacy, we must assure those calling for change that we hear and understand them, and are committed to police accountability…and, in the process, demonstrate to our communities of color that we hear and understand the pain…”

Pittsburgh (December 25, 2014)  – Pittsburgh-born urban-based advocate and current Pittsburgh boomerang Lenny McAllister published “An Open Letter to Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay”, a response to McLay’s “An Open Letter to the Community” published originally in The New Pittsburgh Courier earlier in the week.

 

McLay’s letter, coming on the heels of Christmas, denotes the reassignment of Officer David Derbish to desk duty after several protests led by supporters of Leon Ford, Jr. demanding the firing of Derbish as well as an investigation by the Department of Justice into the 2012 shooting of Ford by Derbish after 3 Pittsburgh police officers broke several police procedures during a mangled traffic stop.

 

Now the question remains,” McLay apparently asks Pittsburgh’s African-American community in the letter. “What are we going to do, Pittsburgh? Police work is often not pretty. Officers must arrest violators. Violators often resist, sometimes violently. When the next ugly incident happens, will we be willing to withhold judgment and control our emotions long enough to give each other the benefit of the doubt? Are we going to work together toward reconciliation? Are we going to work on listening to one another with the intention of compassionate understanding?”

 

Understandably, our appreciation and respect become challenged when we collectively put too much pressure on ‘the community’ to change its ways without calling for and overseeing appropriate, holistic, and long-term actions of accountability by those with the capabilities to enforce laws, ensure ethics, and commit traumatic and life-ending acts within the blink of an eye,” McAllister writes in his reply as a member of “the community”. “Compassionate understanding comes from the acknowledgment that pain forecasts an issue that must be remedied immediately and properly so that discomfort can subside and dysfunction can cease. Sir, it is of the utmost importance that the discomfort currently felt throughout America (particularly within police bureaus such as ours here in Pittsburgh) is remedied alongside the underlying dysfunction simultaneously lest the pain continue and the problems remain…burdens involved in police-community interactions uniquely entail irreversible consequences that occur in lightning-quick moments – thus prompting immediate remedy.”

 
McAllister’s full reply can be found HERE.

 

McLay’s “Open Letter” can be found HERE.

 

Starting Point (December 12, 2014): “NightTalk: Get to the Point”

In Video on December 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm
Lenny McAllister talks with the Get To The Point Panel (Dr. Sevin Yeltekin, Dr. Antony Davies, and Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins) about the social and economic disconnects impacting the nation on the December 12 version of "NightTalk: GTTP" (on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm).

Lenny McAllister talks with the Get To The Point Panel (Dr. Sevin Yeltekin, Dr. Antony Davies, and Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins) about the social and economic disconnects impacting the nation on the December 12 version of “NightTalk: GTTP” (on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm).

Pittsburgh (December 12, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

“Throughout 2014, we have heard about domestic tensions, social problems, international affairs and multiple causes for concern. We have seen people rise up with frustration, mistrust, aggression, and activism. Yet, there are some indications that suggest that things should be – theoretically – headed in the opposite direction. Where’s the disconnect?

 

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” as he gives his thoughts before talking with the Get To The Point Panel (joined by Dr. Sevin Yeltekin, Dr. Antony Davies, and Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins) concerning the social and economic disconnects impacting the nation. Watch “NightTalk: Get to the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm, Sundays at 10pm, and Mondays at 5pm.

 

Watch Lenny’s latest Starting Point by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

Starting Point (December 5, 2014): “NightTalk: Get to the Point”

In Speeches, Video on December 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm
“Are we willing to make this moment about police treatment in urban areas or understand that these tragedies are a symptom of the dual expectations found in the employment, economics, education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems of America?”

“Are we willing to make this moment about police treatment in urban areas or understand that these tragedies are a symptom of the dual expectations found in the employment, economics, education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems of America?”

PITTSBURGH (December 5, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Generally, people are willing to champion popular civil rights rhetoric from the past yet few are willing to mustard true civil rights courage for today. Perhaps that trend is changing now – before more people are harassed, assaulted, and harmed by a system that calls us all equal on paper, but only on paper. The mighty pen can call us equal – but only a mighty people and a just people can make it so.”

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” as he gives his thoughts before talking with the Get To The Point Panel (joined by Dr. Jason Johnson, Jasiri X, and The Rev. Ricky Burgess) concerning the concerns and protests that continue to rise throughout the nation. Watch “NightTalk: Get to the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm, Sundays at 10pm, and Mondays at 5pm.

 

Watch Lenny’s latest Starting Point by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE