The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
The recent (May 22nd, 2017) Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision striking down the ‘residency requirement’ and allowing Pittsburgh police officers to live outside city of Pittsburgh limits is both disappointing and instructive.
It’s disappointing because it provides more opportunities and cover for racist and vindictive police officers to harass, intimidate, brutalize and terrorize city residents, especially those who live in predominantly Black and low-income neighborhoods. The Black community is already over-policed as it is, with Black people, especially males, routinely profiled, stopped and cited for the most trivial offenses in order to justify racially-motivated and hateful police interventions.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police continues to be an overwhelmingly white-male police force with a deep and long history of abuse and transgression toward Black people. The recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision only reinforces their role as an occupational army within the Pittsburgh Black community, untouchable and unaccountable.
It’s instructive because it illustrates the importance of re-organizing political priorities within the Black/New Afrikan community. Courting and sucking-up to the mainstream politicians of the Democratic Party has garnered very little of collective benefit to Pittsburgh’s Black community.
Witness the scenario during the PA Supreme Court judicial forum of October 2015 when several candidates were campaigning in the Pittsburgh area and invited to attend. The judicial forum was held at the Carnegie Library of Homewood. There were no Black candidates among them. Not one.
Of those candidates in attendance, including Christine Donohue, David Wecht and Kevin Dougherty, most had formal endorsements from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
They are now justices (judges) on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Also, in attendance at the Homewood forum were several liberal, progressive community activists who served as facilitators, ushers and ‘gophers’ between the people and the candidates.
Black people should NEVER support and/or vote for ANY CANDIDATE who is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The FOP has clearly demonstrated its murderous contempt and hatred for Black people and all people who demand and expect police accountability and oversight.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) have an established history of continuously supporting and endorsing the most heinous and outrageous cases of police brutality and terrorism even when confronted and presented with overwhelming evidence and documentation. They are truly the point-guards of American-style fascism.
The following judges voted in favor of the FOP and against the residency requirement for Pittsburgh police: Justices Sallie Updyke Mundy, Thomas G. Saylor, Max Baer, Christine Donohue, Kevin M. Dougherty and David N. Wecht.
We should not forget this and vote against these judges in any and all upcoming elections. We must learn to vote and support our own collective best interest: not the interest of corrupt political party bureaucrats or fake, phony, so-called liberals, progressives and/or Black ‘activists’. Wake up.
All Power to The People
Justice In Our Lifetime
Khalid Raheem, Convener
National Mobilization Against Police Brutality and the FOP