Again there is wind against racism in the country. He realized he had a major issue when Kim Dine took over as new head of the U.S. Capitol Police in 2012.
Hundreds of black officers have been sued the department for race prejudice since 2001. They reported that white cops called insults like the N-word to black officers. Also, one officer found a hangman’s noose on his locker. If they really were friendly with their black colleagues, white officers were labeled “huk lovers” or “FOGs,” short for “friends of gangsters”. Black cops faced fellow Capitol Police officers with “unprovoked traffic stops”. He overheard a colleague say, “Obama monkey, go back to Africa,” one Black police officer said.
Agency attorneys denied misconduct in case after case. But in an interview, Dine said it was obvious that he had to fix the racist atmosphere in charge of the police. He said he upgraded an assistant chief to a Black officer, a first for the department, and sought to improve diversity by improving the recruitment processes of the department. He also said he recruited a black woman to manage a diversity office and introduced a new departmental disciplinary body to enable a black woman to manage it.
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“There is a problem with racism in this country, in pretty much every establishment that exists,” said Dine, who left the agency in 2016. “You can always do more in retrospect.”
One of many questions raised as Congress examines the agency’s inability to deter a crowd of Trump fans from targeting the Capitol will be if the Capitol Police managed to weed out racist cops, while legislators inside agreed to formalize President-elect Joe Biden‘s electoral victory.
The 2001 lawsuit, which began with over 250 plaintiffs, is still pending. A black policewoman filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the police as recently as 2016.
“Nothing ever really was resolved. Congress turned a blind eye to racism on the Hill,” Blackmon-Malloy, who retired as a lieutenant in 2007, told. She is now vice president of the US Capitol Black Police Association. It held 16 demonstrations protesting alleged discrimination between 2013 and 2018. “We got January 6 because no one took us seriously.”
“All law enforcement is opaque,” said Jonathan M. Smith, executive director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. “At least most local police departments are subject to some kind of civilian oversight, but federal police agencies are left to operate in the shadows.”