NEW BEDFORD – Councilor-at-Substantial Brian K. Gomes reported he does not want “a banner” placed above New Bedford announcing that the city has a racist law enforcement office that is “head-hunting” people today of shade.
“I wonder if they believed about seeking at the figures at where by all the crime is in this city, if they’ve been to some of the crime enjoy meetings that quite a few of you go to and listen to the constituency talk to for extra law enforcement,” Gomes reported through the New Bedford Town Council meeting Thursday.
Gomes, the chairman of the council’s community safety committee, referred to a report produced final week by Citizens for Juvenile Justice that alleged the New Bedford Law enforcement Division has “an inside society of racial insensitivity” that qualified prospects to youthful Black and Hispanic men and women becoming stopped and frisked drastically more typically than white people.
Joined by Town Council President Joseph Lopes and councilors William Brad Markey and Naomi R.A. Carney, Gomes submitted a motion inquiring the council to go on document condemning the Citizens for Juvenile Justice report – entitled “We Are The Prey” – and a Boston World write-up on the report.
The movement said the group’s report was “not pretty done” and “does not fit the picture, the profile and mission” of law enforcement in New Bedford. It also referred to as on Performing Law enforcement Chief Paul Oliveira to “reassure” town people that police officers will treat absolutely everyone reasonably and with no bias.
“I will not tolerate or stand for anyone’s legal rights becoming violated,” mentioned Gomes, who included law enforcement officers must be held accountable and “don’t belong on the force” if they are racially profiling youthful persons.
“I’m not indicating that practically nothing could be heading on. I never know that,” Gomes explained. “I know I really don’t like a banner set above this metropolis that we have a racist law enforcement pressure out there that are only halting minority children or what ever.”
The council did not vote on the motion. Ward 4 Councilor Derek Baptiste moved for the motion to be tabled, meaning it will be discussed at a afterwards conference. His movement handed 6-4. Gomes, Carney, Lopes and Councilor-at-Massive Linda Morad voted in opposition.
The council also voted 10- to refer a motion to the administration and the general public safety committee requesting that the administration make community the approach by which a new police main will be picked, regardless of whether there will be local community enter and what the council’s function will be. Councilor-at-Substantial Deborah Coelho did not take part in Thursday’s assembly.