Colin Kaepernick’s Non-Stance During the Pledge

*AUTHOR’S NOTE: The public safety/policing tie-in to this post is how this case illustrates what I call, ” urban outcast ” consciousness. A steady diet of alienating rhetoric produces violent criminals,  rioters and enablers from communities that can’t absorb more mayhem. It’s the basis of my ” Make Peace With America ” talk given in many forms and venues over the years as a grassroots attempt at deprogramming. Those who don’t stand for the National Anthem also remain seated when cops are killed and also during canvasses for witnesses after yet another urban hostage dies because of stray gun fire.* 

  As someone who stands during the Pledge of Allegiance ( raised by a Jim Crow vintage grandmother who always stood on arthritic knees and nerve-damaged feet when it played on TV ), I’m not angered by NFL player Colin Kaepernick‘s refusal to stand during this national tradition. 

 
He said of this national tradition, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Young men his age, regardless of wealth, often air a ” Mississippi Burning “

view of America as if no progress has happened. It’s part of a calculated hostility which must be deleted. 

 
Grandma, like my late grandfather and mother, were public school educators. They didn’t earn millions as professional football quarterbacks. The America they grew up in denied that coveted position to athletes from our strand of the American fabric.They experienced real oppression and put it in context: they rejected bias without rejecting America.
 
That’s my choice too. I never accept discrimination but also put it in context. This context allows me to stand and recite the Pledge without a hint of feeling that I’m endorsing racial wrong doing.
 
I’ll stand for Colin Kaepernick too. In a Republic, you’re even free to disrespect it and all who created opportunities you clearly have seized.
 
His non-stance during the Pledge of Allegiance gives mine added meaning. I know how far we’ve come each time I stand.

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist. @nadraenzi on twitter. 

 

 

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NOPD to Advise Baltimore PD.

Forgive my dripping sarcasm but pointers on how to do federally handcuffed policing ( New Orleans Police Department is under a restrictive consent decree ) in hyper-violent cities doesn’t inspire great confidence.

DOJ consent decrees and reports never admit how disrespectful and dangerous urban offenders and cheerleading onlookers are. As a stakeholder I’m surrounded by them and as a safetyist actively guard against them. The federal suits and consultants miss how violent New Orleans and Baltimore truly are. Police didn’t create the thug mentality holding innocents hostage. Police didn’t create gangs which outgun precincts. Police didn’t create single mothers weaponizing boys who are ” misfits… whom police have to deal with aggressively, ” to quote Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke.

Taking timid tactics imposed upon NOPD and implementing them in a genuine war zone like Baltimore means officers will die at the hands of an enemy without constitutional rules of engagement. Only in urban areas are assailants needs placed above those of hostage residents and captive cops. This would never happen in the suburbs. Sounds like the ” bigotry of low expectations, ” to quote George W. Bush.

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist. @nadraenzi on twitter.

Police Support in the Michael Brown Era.

Media overlooks urban cops and safety stakeholders working together. Ratings and newsroom muckrakers favor riots and recrimination. Police support still exists in urban areas, no matter how much some wish otherwise.

Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers and my Generation X populate ranks of urban safety stakeholders. I hope the fact police support is solid despite past social turbulence is noted.

My maternal grandparents and divorced mother raised me in the civic values of their day. They never once made a negative comment about law enforcement. Obviously, this is in stark contrast to current anti-police sentiment.

One simple realization should unite urban police officer with urban safety stakeholder: one wants to lock bad guys up and the other doesn’t want to be menaced by them. Together, they can create safety which is prevention oriented like police athletic leagues and explorer posts alongside joint protection partnerships such as neighborhood watch, department-run or recognized citizens on patrol ( COPs ), Volunteers in Policing ( VIPs ) and Citizens Academies.

Police support still exists among urban safety stakeholders, even in the Michael Brown era. I predict growth in defiance of an anti-police media/militant narrative. Bad guys in our zip codes haven’t closed up shop to hit the talk show circuit . They’re content hitting heads, homes and ‘hoods from coast to coast.

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist. @nadraenzi on twitter.

Nola.com’s Anti-Cop Cartoon

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Open Letter to the New Orleans Times-Picayune Editor:

The “Miranda Rights, Last Rites ” cartoon by your editorial cartoonist showed profound contempt for the American police officer. 

I’m not a member of law enforcement but am a police supporter in my capacities as advocate and ” urbansafetyist ” ( grassroots consultant to inner city events and enterprises ). The stereotypical image of a prejudiced White police officer reminded me of degrading depictions of American Blacks from a less enlightened era. 

It was just that casually revolting, as if a universal truth were announced. The American police officer is disrespected enough without cartoons like this slapping him or her in the face! 

I am proudly a brother who doesn’t hate blue ( police ).

 -Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Urban Safetyist. @nadraenzi on twitter. 

Fellow police supporters, feel free to share your displeasure at ContactUs

 

 

Blue is a Civil Rights Color, Too

No American group has the market cornered on unfair treatment. I type this as an American raised in the South and stand by my statement. That said, our police officers are a US group mistreated like no other. The blue ( and other colors ) of their uniforms places them in a unique minority status.

In the era of camera phone transparency, one-sided footage ends careers or burns portions of cities. While strategic ” blue flu ” outbreaks express displeasure, officers are the sole minority which can’t voice their opinion. Police unions are the exception to this vocational gag order. Their representatives and attorneys speak forcefully for silenced peers.

My suggestion is they shouldn’t speak alone. Stakeholders should stand beside police unions to form a united front as active in uplifting officers as opponents are in tearing them down. Urban stakeholders especially can draw upon our own minority experience to better understand the few who wear blue.

Opponents hostile to inner citizen and officer alike pit both against each other. The key to defeating very destructive plans is unlikely unity between these groups. Otherwise, free reign is granted career criminals and political agitators to be held harmless no matter what they do. Hostage inner citizens and urban officers are most at risk in this scenario. It behooves them to put aside inflamed issues and fight a common threat.

The officer responding to a call for service in a low income, high crime area is also a minority. He or she feels stereotyped; over-scrutinized by prejudiced spectators; demonized by media; subjected to selective enforcement and malicious prosecution and, ironically, concludes police lives don’t matter either. It’s high time we realize blue is a civil rights color too. Lives will be saved when we do.

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist. @nadraenzi on twitter. UrbanSafetyism blog http://www.urbansafetyism.blogspot.com

More Officers & Engaged Community Needed

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Yesterday, a street cop friend and I had our usual informal, free wheeling policy talk. We discussed two of my favorite alternative public safety models, the British police community support officer ( PCSO ) and the global Guardian Angels street patrol, founded in New York. 

He vetoed the PCSO concept, stating that non-police officers like animal control and parking enforcement already exist which can issue summons. His opinion was identical to a public position taken by the Police Association of New Orleans ( PANO ) president regarding the now-defunct Nola Patrol. Nola Patrol was to address quality of life, parking and traffic concerns in the French Quarter. The PANO head noted NOPD; parking enforcement and public safety rangers already addressed those issues. I appreciate reluctance to duplicate PCSOs in America. British police unions-unsuccessfully- opposed them, too. Active duty police feel more officers, not specialized spin offs, are the answer to crime suppression. 

New Orleans Police Department has serious recruitment and retention problems, while violent crime soars upward. He also felt the Guardian Angels should be replaced by engaged communities solving problems en masse, instead of full contact volunteers. 

Engaged community is the heart of my UrbanSafetyism, where we create safety instead of awaiting rationing from public and private sources. Our talk ended with agreement upon increased police staffing and community action as solutions agreeable to any reasonable person. Engaging communities is quicker than awaiting recruits to complete the academy and field training. 

Urban stakeholders and police have common ground which shouldn’t be surrendered to well publicized agitators opposed to consensus. 

Consensus, not conflict, creates safety. 

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist. @nadraenzi on twitter.

NOPD Superintendent’s Meeting Last Night.


Note from Donovan:  I invited Nadra Enzi, aka Cap Black, to be a contributor at signal108.com.  I think that he has a unique perspective that would be beneficial to everyone.  Cap Black is not affiliated with the FOP or the NOPD.  So, his positions may not mirror my positions or the FOP’s positions.  However, I have generally found Cap’s positions to be insightful and relevant.  I welcome Cap Black to our community and look forward to reading what he has to contribute.


This is my first post in Signal 108. I’m very glad to be here and lend whatever aid I can to a very important cause. For the record, I’m not a police officer, but am very active in creating safety with embattled urban stakeholders and openly supporting police in areas where that is sadly rare.

Police are part of the solution, not the problem, in high crime areas.

I attended the NOPD Superintendent’s public meeting tonight at Franklin Ave. Baptist church. To my surprise, his panelists included urban stakeholders actually engaged in mentoring, conflict mediation and with the Independent Police Monitor, civilian oversight. The chief of the unpopular Public Integrity Bureau was also a panelist, which was disappointing.

It was good hearing about the PeaceKeepers mediating conflict. It reminds folks that urban stakeholders can actually police ourselves. The meeting otherwise went as expected, with the public comment period mostly dominated by hostages whose issues sadly remain unaddressed years after I first heard them.

Bro Al Mims presentation on recent rudeness experienced while trying to get a police report was very well received. It was a plea of an urban police supporter who didn’t initially get support in return. The upside is the subject whose threat he needed documented may soon find himself arrested.

It underscored my disengagement from detente with NOPD leadership. I understand that my position as an urban stakeholder who who wants results from inquiries; supports police unions and assertive interdiction of crime places me outside some comfort zones.

In a community overflowing with violent crime, apologists and the like, all NOPD leadership can do is exchange pleasantries with me at events and visa versa. I don’t support the federal consent decree. I don’t support the Public Integrity Bureau as currently led and constituted- nor do local police unions. I don’t support the retention-killing Office of Police Secondary Employment, ironically born from a suggestion by a former assistant United States attorney ( AUSA ) who was removed for posting privileged information on Nola.com, under aliases.

I support a pro-active agency that recognizes urban stakeholders as partners- not pariahs to be ignored or patronized. I support an agency that makes career criminals a priority, not one with handcuffs applied by DC or activist lawyers. Finally, I support an agency whose policies are shaped by its unions.

Last night’s event, hosted by the NOPD superintendent, tells me what I support won’t materialize anytime soon.

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist. @nadraenzi on twitter. UrbanSafetyism blog.

 

 

What types of disciplinary investigations should I contact my #FOP attorney about?

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The short answer to this question is ALL of them.  There is no investigation too simple or straightforward.  Quite often I hear “I didn’t call you because it was just a missing court case” or “I didn’t call you because it was just a BWC case.”  Unfortunately, my response is commonly “Well, one of the rules of the Salary Reimbursement Option is that you have to be represented by one of the FOP attorneys in order to qualify for the SRO.”  What is an SRO you ask?

The FOP Legal Defense Plan includes what is known as the Salary Reimbursement Option (“SRO”).  The SRO allows officers to make up for salary lost as a result of an unpaid suspension.  In New Orleans, the SRO allows officers to recover up to 5 days of suspension at $150 per day.  In other words, when you get a 1-day suspension for missing court, the FOP will pay you $150 if you choose not to file a Civil Service appeal.

Why not file a Civil Service appeal?  Well, that is the benefit of having one of the FOP attorneys on the case from the beginning.  Your FOP attorneys have been handling disciplinary actions for years.  By the end of the investigation, your FOP attorney should be able to give you a pretty good idea of your chances of success on appeal.  So, after a disciplinary hearing, you and your FOP attorney can discuss whether you are better off filing an appeal with Civil Service or submitting the disciplinary letter for the Salary Reimbursement Option.

I deal with disciplinary investigations every day.  Most officers deal with disciplinary investigations 2 or 3 times in a career.  As such, one cannot expect officers to be thoroughly familiar with the ins and outs of being an accused officer in a disciplinary investigation.  What is the legal burden?  What evidence is allowed?  When does the 60-day rule apply?  When does the 60 days begin and end?  Is the disciplinary hearing considered part of the 60 days?  How long after a disciplinary hearing can an officer expect to receive the disciplinary letter or suspension days?  When can I file a Civil Service appeal?  What is this email I received about a hearing about an extension that cannot be continued?

The answers to some of these questions change based on rulings of appellate courts in Louisiana.  The answers to other questions changes based on changes in an administration.  The point is that even if an officer is tasked with completing disciplinary investigations, there are still aspects of disciplinary investigations which are unknown.

As a member of the FOP Legal Defense Plan, an officer is entitled to representation at no cost to the officer.  We do not judge whether or not an officer deserves legal defense.  We do not judge the accused officer.  If you are a member of the FOP Legal Defense Plan and you become the accused officer or a witness officer in an internal disciplinary investigation, your legal representation is guaranteed.  We are there to protect your rights.  Calling your FOP attorney can also make you eligible for the FOP’s salary reimbursement option when you don’t have a chance on appeal.  Call, text, or email today.

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