The Prince George’s County Police Department is in serious dog doo after a comment made by one of their officers. The white cop used black guys for target practice metaphorically speaking. In a school lesson about police dogs, the officer revealed to the students that even the dogs are biased.
The officer has not been identified by the department but the officer was streaming live on the Prince George’s County Police Department Facebook account on Friday. His remarks in the livestream shine a light on the bias of many police departments around the country.
“He [K-9] knows from his training that he sits down when he finds something, when the handler tells him, that has human odor on it. So, for instance, if a black bad guy is running and he drops a cell phone, or he drops this piece of leather that may have evidence or DNA on it,” the on-camera officer said to young children.
He was supposed to showing the children how the police dogs help officers find suspects. The officer has not denied making the comments but he has denied it being racial. Unfortunately the comments speak to a mindset that police adopt. Yes there are bad black guys just like there are bad white guys and hispanic guys. For the officer to single out black people is indicative of his assumptions towards black people. He could have said “bad people” without qualifying a race. He did not.
The Prince George’s County Police Dept., like many around the nation, has a history of discrimination allegations on its record. More than 120 officers from the department issued formal statements with the Department of Justice about a “racist, unfair workplace” this year.
The department released a video Monday of the police chief apologizing for the remarks. In it he said:
“During that presentation, one of our handlers made an unfortunate remark. The reality is that that officer misspoke,” the chief said. “I have talked to the officer, and he’s very troubled by the response that this is eliciting in comparison to his record of service for this community.”
“What I know is that this community doesn’t expect us to be perfect. It does expect us to acknowledge when we’ve made a mistake, and that’s what I’m doing today. So, on behalf of that officer and this institution, I apologize to this community for that unfortunate remark,” he said. “But I want you to know that that remark does not represent who that officer is, and it does not represent what this institution stands for.”
The unidentified officer did not “misspoke”. That was his subconscious in operation while discussing police dogs and their benefits. It was a rare glimpse into the truth behind the blue veil. Despite the acrimony, not all black people are criminals. That officer who subconsciously feels that they are should not be policing black communities. That is a liability. And if he just so happens to shoot and kill someone black, this will be the first thing used to establish a pattern of discrimination by the officer.