Clearly a case of systemic racism or internalized racism or whatever the buzzword of the day is.
But it appears that some of the cops in the Memphis case came by way of lowered standards.
Tadarrius Bean and Demetrius Haley both joined the Memphis Police Department in Aug. 2020, NBC News reported, more than two years after the department dramatically loosened the education qualifications to become an officer.
Recruits no longer needed an associate’s degree or 54 college credit hours to join the force, and could get by with five years of work experience, Action 5 reported.
Loosening the required qualifications however means that the department is ultimately getting “less desirable” job candidates, Mike Alcazar, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a retired NYPD detective, told The Post.
“They’re desperate. They want police officers,” Alcazar said. “They’re going through it, they check off some boxes, saying, ‘Ok, they’re good enough, get them on.”
The department showed signs of struggle with recruiting new police officers, offering $15,000 signing bonuses in 2021 and 2022, Fox 13 reported.
Now there may be a number of reasons.
The year of BLM burned out a lot of cops and terrified others into getting out. With a tight labor market, everyone had trouble hiring. Big city cops headed to the suburbs to find better-paying and safer jobs where they would get more respect and face fewer risks.
But police forces were also under pressure to “look more like the communities they serve.” At 58%, the Memphis police force was majority black, but still below the percentage for the city.
Karan Parmar, identified as a chief of police in the greater Enid area, and veteran Army officer, according to his LinkedIn profile, authored a condemnation of Memphis police hiring practices based upon information he received.
According to a source within the Memphis PD, the 5 charged officers weren’t hired through the usual structured PD hiring process. City leaders felt the existing process was too strict and kept certain people from getting jobs at the department. City leaders began their own hiring process and then pushed new hires into the agency, bypassing the testing procedures in place at the department. You can read between the lines what that all means.
All 5 of the charged officers were hired by the City, and didn’t go through the rigorous PD testing process.
This is what quota hiring looks like. Lawsuits and dead innocents. The city should pay the lawsuits instead of the Police department. This Murder wasn’t created by old school policing or by “white supremacy”. This murder was directly facilitated by liberal policy.
Is that true? Who knows. But it’s not implausible.
Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police sergeant and trainer as well as spokesperson for the National Police Association, said the videos showed a disregard of proper training.
“Nobody teaches baton strikes above the shoulders, nobody teaches kicks to the head, nobody teaches the denial of medical aid,” she noted. “These men were street fighting, they were not acting as police officers.”
Kicks to the head are especially damning. It’s what street thugs do. That’s a beatdown. And it looks very different than the restraint attempts that were at issue in other cases, like the George Floyd drug overdose.
Interestingly enough, even Chief Cerelyn Davis’ hiring is a topic of discussion as it relates to “lowered standards.” She became the first female police chief in Memphis’ history in 2021, even though she was previously fired from the Atlanta Police Department in 2008 due to her alleged involvement in a sex crimes investigation into the husband of an Atlanta police sergeant, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Two detectives accused Davis of telling them not to investigate Terrill Marion Crane, who was married to Sgt. Tonya Crane, after they obtained photos of him with underage girls.
Crane was later indicted by a federal grand jury for child pornography after the FBI took the case, according to the Daily Mail. He pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography in 2009, the news outlet reported.
The indictment was issued after Atlanta police took no action in the case and a subsequent investigation by the city pointed to Davis as the reason.
Crane’s wife, who was a sergeant working with Davis, also admitted to “finding and burning” some of the child porn photographs her husband had taken of the victims.
Davis was demoted from major to lieutenant before being fired from the department, the New York Post reported.
Davis is now a celebrity when it’s her department and therefore her responsibility.