NYPD: Captain Told Officers To "Treat Black People Like Animals"
Racism exposed in discrimination lawsuit
Considering their behavior and tactics over the last 20 years, this isn't too much of a surprise, but it has been revealed that NYPD officers are trained and instructed to "treat black people like animals."
The revelation comes in the midst of a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by Detective Debra Lawson who claims that minority-group members in her unit were passed over for good assignments and career advancement.
Three officers, one a retired high-ranking detective, from the firearms suppression unit testified that Capt. James Coan and Lt. Daniel Davin "created a hostile environment for both their black detectives and suspected minority-group gun traffickers."
The NY Daily News reports:
Davin used the N-word to address black suspects, while Coan considered the unit’s minority-group targets almost subhuman, the depositions indicate.
“Capt. Coan would tell the field team . . . ‘They are f-----g animals. You make sure if you have to shoot, you shoot them in the head. That way there’s one story,’ ” said the retired detective.
The ex-cop, identified only as Undercover 7988, said Coan’s racist rant came before every search warrant executed in Brooklyn’s Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York from 2008 to 2010.
“They didn’t care if it was kids in there, they didn’t care if it was women in there, naked women,” the detective said. “. . . They treated them as if they had no rights whatsoever. It was disgusting."
Another officer who testified claims that in 2005, he walked into an apartment where he heard Davin telling officers, “If you have to shoot a n----r, do what you gotta do.”
Coan has denied making such comments.
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