Another African American cop, this one still on the force, has reached out to disgraced ex-LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner, telling him to call a TV station before he surrenders so that the event is filmed and he is “not harmed.”
Sgt. Wayne K. Guillary posted a “personal appeal” on the website of Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable president Earl Ofari Hutchinson overnight. In it the sergeant says he still has ongoing concerns about racism in the department but that Chief Charlie Beck is a rare top cop “trying to make LAPD a better organization:”
… There's still much work to be done … Some may say that nothing has changed with the leadership in the LAPD. … Trust me I have been in the fight with the organization regarding social and racial injustice within the LAPD. Currently, I am the only out spoken African American within the organization that possesses the moral courage to confront and ask questions unflinchingly about race, racism and discrimination in the LAPD. Yet still, I have paid a humiliating price inside the LAPD for preserving and believing in the importance of “I have a Dream.”
Not exactly an endorsement for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's insistence over the weekend that the department has made “strides” to shed a troubled past, strides he said he doesn't want undone by what appear to be Dorner's vengeful accusations of racism.
Hutchinson says the 31-year veteran's statement gives him credibility, particularly if Dorner sees it, because he has experienced what Dorner claims to have experienced:
Coming from an African-American LAPD veteran who has had fought his own battles against racism and understands the workings of the LAPD, his appeal to Dorner is timely and has powerful resonance.
Despite his indication that racism and discrimination continue to cloud his career, Guillary gave a lot of credit to the chief:
As I continued down the path as a voice crying out for justice within the LAPD, I would witness the changing of the guards of police chiefs. Thus far, I have worked for a total of 5 chiefs. Of all the chiefs that I have written to and communicated my thoughts to about racism in the Department, Chief Beck has been the only one that has had the courage to personally respond to my questions about discriminatory matters in the Department.
Guillary says his worst experience was more than 15 years ago, but he doesn't offer details about what, exactly, happened:
Markedly, by 1997 I would find out just how deep the racism existed within the darkened corridors of the LAPD. The experience would forever change the way I would express my thoughts about the incidents of racial injustice inside the LAPD. I had witnessed and personally experienced within the organization acts of blatant discrimination. Its affect left its victims losing hope; their faces were streaming with tears of despair and their voices crying out screams of desperation.
The statement comes nearly a day after ex-LAPD Officer Joe Jones reached out with a “manifesto” of his own calling on Dorner to “refrain from further wrong” but also indicating that experiencing racism on-the-job was par for the course.
Guillary encouraged Dorner to turn himself in … with TV news cameras rolling (for his safety):
Christopher, I ask that you stop your actions my brother. This is not the answer, nor is this the way to resolve conflict. Too many people have been hurt and too many innocent families are hurting … Contact a news station and surrender peacefully so that you are not harmed.
Read the whole appeal here.