I don’t normally write about small town board of health issues, but what’s happening in Worcester right now with their board of health is emblematic of a much larger fight that’s going on nationwide. In June the five member board of health voted to issue the Worcester Police a list of demands that have nothing to do with public health and everything to do with the anti-law enforcement BLM agenda. Here was their list of demands.
- Acknowledge that racist/bigoted viewpoints and structural racism are pervasive in society and in all institutions, even among police departments.
- Adopt Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and establish a statewide POST system to certify police officers and enable decertification of misconduct and abuse.
- Commit to urgently develop a comprehensive plan to identify (i.e. through previous actions, social media, background check etc.) those police officers that may possess racist/bigoted viewpoints.
- Once officers who may possess racist/bigoted views, commit to educate and retrain them and if necessary dismiss officers who posses those views.
- Be immediately and continuously transparent and fair in the investigation of police officers who have been accused of police misconduct/brutality.
- Commit to working with newly established community police misconduct review board. Establish a community police misconduct review board staffed by Worcester residents; the board must include people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, youth, low-income people, the homeless, and people who have experienced mental health issues and addiction
- Every police officer should be required to attend anti-racist/anti-bigoted workshops at least twice a year while also reading/viewing information that is geared toward improving and understanding communities.
- Commit to developing healthy and non-violent relationships with all members of the Black community and other members of communities that have a history of suffering police brutality and misconduct.
- Adopt clear and statutory limits on police use of force, including chokeholds and other tactics known to have deadly consequences. Require independent investigation of officer-related deaths. Require data collection and reporting on race regarding all arrests and police use of force by every department.
- Adopt Civil Service Exam review, establish guidelines and review for diversity plans and create a peace officer exam advisory board.
- Commit to providing training on and implementation of internal and external deescalation resources.
- Establish a consistent periodic schedule to update the members of the Board of Health and the Worcester Community on the progress of the efforts of the recommendations.
You’re the board of health. You make sure restaurants don’t give me E Coli. It’s not your job to fix racism in the police department, you don’t have the ability to fix it if it did exist, and so perhaps you should just shut up and earn your stipend.
“Cops who may possess racist viewpoints” is an Orwellian form of censorship. Of course the woke committee will decide what racism is, which is everything they don’t agree with, and all police officers who have the wrong opinions must commit to re-education in order to agree with everything BLM says.
Citizen review boards for a job that the citizens have no training or experience in is just stupid. Do we have those for doctors, teachers, or even judges? Nope. They just want them for cops because these people hate cops. And if there was a review board, why would we put homeless people, children, the BLT-123 community, and junkies on it? I’m sure their grievances are legit.
The “anti-racism workshops” are just cash cows for frauds who make huge profit off of the racism-industrial complex. Never in the history of man kind has an anti-racism or diversity workshop helped stop the spread of racism. They are a joke and the people who teach them are unemployable in any other field.
Luckily the WPD already has a non-violent relationship with the black community. The only people they have to get “violent” with are criminals who resist arrest.
The only member of the 5 person board who didn’t vote for this was chairman Edith Claros, an immigrant from Colombia. But she doesn’t fall high enough on the victim scale, as members David Fort and Chareese Allen are black. To prove their point they shared unverified anecdotes about how oppressed they are.
A member of the Board of Public Health in Worcester, David Fort, described a Worcester police officer pulling a gun on him when he was 14 years old while his three white friends watched.
Just last year, he said an officer told him “Get the hell out of here,” after he tried to report a truck, touting Confederate flags, rammed into several vehicles.
Poor bootleg Virgil here has a tall tale about having a gun pulled on him by a cop for absolutely no reason decades ago, and another made up story about a cop who told him to get out of his face after a rampaging maniac in a confederate flag truck went around playing bumper cars on public roads. Must be legit.
Also, he experienced racial profiling, but you’ll never understand it if you’re not black.
Just believe him and sign up for his friend’s taxpayer funded diversity training.
Another board member, Chareese Allen, described a situation where she was pulled over “for no reason, I had done nothing wrong.” When she looked in her side mirror, she saw the officer approach the car with a hand on their gun.
“I was terrified,” Allen said.
A driver who was pulled over felt they did nothing wrong. That’s literally never happened before. Must be racism.
Meanwhile, the two white board members who voted for this are too consumed with their own white guilt to think straight.
“I know that I am a person who has a lot to learn,” Frances Anthes said. “And i think that is probably true of our colleagues in the police department that many people who are either in good-intentioned or are confused about the history [of police] have a lot to learn as well.”
Any white person who says they have a “lot to learn” about how to be an “ally,” is someone that Monica Cannon-Grant knows she can milk reparations money out of without much effort.
The Worcester Police are not racist, and they don’t kill black people for sport. They have nothing to learn from a workshop taught by a race baiting hustler paid for by the taxpayers.
The other yes vote was Reliant doctor Jerry Gurwitz.
Same guy who voted to raise the age of smoking to 21 because it would be “irresponsible” not to, because luckily smoking is only a danger to your health before you turn 21.
Hey doc, it’s your job to treat people who are sick, not to use the government as an agent to prevent people from making decisions that could result in them getting sick.
Of course the one dissenter happened to be a woman of color, so unlike the other two morons she doesn’t have to the affliction of white guilt.
Edith Claros sees this for exactly what it is – an attack on police, and something that has nothing to do with public health. Her stance is brave and she should be commended for that. For her crimes she is now being attacked as the rest of the board is demanding she be removed for not using her position on a health board to attack the police.
Four of the five members of the Board of Health voted “no confidence” in their chairperson Monday night, contending that Edith Claros has been openly hostile and disrespectful to them in that role. The no-confidence vote stems from a meeting last month when board members said that Claros cut off previous board discussions about police brutality and institutional racism in the Police Department, while allowing police officials to speak without interruption. At the board’s September meeting board member David Fort went so far as to ask Claros to step down as chair because of that. Claros, meanwhile, accused her colleagues of “ganging up” and “bullying” her just because she does not share their opinions on racism issues in the Police Department.
Before Monday night’s meeting, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. sent a letter to all Board of Health members regarding the appointment of the chair. He said he was aware of the conflict that has surfaced on the Board of Health in recent months and respects the diversity of views and opinions among its members. But he added that the Board of Health does not have jurisdiction over Police Department policies and procedures.
Board member Chareese Allen made the motion for the no-confidence vote.
She said the board cannot do its job because of Claros’ “open hostility” to some members and her general “lack of respect to the board.” Allen added that she does not feel that Claros has been supportive of other board members. Fort, who seconded Allen’s motion, said Claros has been “openly hostile” to board discussions about police brutality, discrimination and institutional racism in the Police Department.
“A majority of board members don’t want you to continue as chair,” he told Claros. “You have been undercutting our efforts. We cannot move on to the issues we want to discuss with you as chair. We want to be able to discuss the issues of police brutality and institutional racism without drama, problems and issues. We need to have a chair that is supportive and fight these issues the way they need to be fought.”
Translation – she doesn’t agree with our obvious anti-police agenda, thinks we should stick to our job, sees through their grift, and therefore has to step down.
This was a good line:
With her actions, Fort contends, Claros, who is a Latina, has turned her back on the communities of color in Worcester that have traditionally had problems with the police.
Latinos are no longer sufficiently people of color, even though they make up the largest demographic of minorities in Worcester. And we all know that Latinos never get arrested by the cops, so they can’t relate to the struggles of Bootleg Virgil.
This was good too:
He said she has been more on the side of the police and politicians rather than the side of the community the board is supposed to serve.
Yea guys, the board of health is supposed to be on the side of the criminals arrested by the police, not the police themselves. Some more homeless junkies on the review board should fix that.
While the Board of Health has spent much time on issues related to COVID-19, Fort said, there is also an epidemic of police brutality, institutional racism and discrimination and it is a serious issue for communities of color. He said it has led to a level of fear among Blacks and Latinos, adding that it is so serious that people from those communities “live in fear” of any interactions with police.
“New leadership is a good thing to move forward,” Fort said. “We need to have these discussions without drama.”
Any person of any color who “lives in fear” of interacting with the police needs to seek psychological help. You have an irrational fear of something that has no less a chance of killing you than a bus full of COVID. Yet you don’t have nightmares about getting run over by a bus full of COVID.
You see this stuff happening everywhere with boards of health. No one is more power hungry than they are right now thanks to coronavirus and black lives matter, and the mere fact that they consider racism in the police to be a “public health” crisis shows you just how little they know about public health.
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