White Pittsburgh Police Chief Acknowledges Racism Within Force and Vows to Change It, But Union Isn’t Pleased – Atlanta Black Star

White Pittsburgh Police Chief Acknowledges Racism Within Force and Vows to Change It, But Union Isn’t Pleased – Atlanta Black Star – “I thought, ‘What a great way to begin the new year,’” said Peduto, who is in his first year and who hired McLay in September. Peduto backed his police chief because he said the sign acknowledges that racism in police forces exists and the focus has to be on reviving trust between cops and the Black community. He added that reform of the police department was important and needed. This did not go over well with everyone, however. Fraternal Order of Police president Howard McQuillan took the narrow position of other police unions who seem not able to see beyond their own concerns. McQuillan emailed the mayor a fiery retort, which was secured and reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “By Mayor Peduto labeling us ‘corrupt and mediocre’ and now our current Chief insinuating that we are now racist, merely by the color of our skin and the nature of our profession, I say enough is enough!” the email said. He added that the poor morale among officers needs to be addressed and is made worse by “pandering to the community at the expense of the police community.”

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