- Posted August 19, 2014 by
Mountain Home, Idaho
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Black Lives Matter protests (2014)
Police Force & Black Leadership
I sent a letter about the police harassment to Mark Mallory, the then-Cincinnati Mayor, and also an African American. I never received a response. I was witnessing a well-positioned corporation having influence on the head of the city.
A year later, after writing to the new mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley—a White mayor—did I receive a response and was able to speak to someone about the police harassment I encountered. I am African American and needed a White mayor to show a basic level of consideration for me as a citizen of the city. The Black police chief and Black mayor were too afraid of the powerful corporation.
If my harassment is any reflection of the larger police abuse that the African-American community encounters, a key component to the problem is Black leadership that does not truly care about the Black community, but instead serve their own political, career, and social objectives.