High-Ranking NYPD Officers Allegedly Told Detectives to Treat Black People Like "Animals," Used N-Word

A very disturbing story from the Daily News this week: several NYPD detectives allege that three high-ranking members of an elite unit within the department used racial slurs against Black people and called them "animals," while white suspects got easier treatment. The paper reports:

The explosive charges appear in sworn depositions from three members of the firearms suppression unit: two current NYPD detectives and a retired first-grade detective.

Their testimony, part of a federal discrimination lawsuit, details how Capt. James Coan and Lt. Daniel Davin created a hostile environment for both their black detectives and suspected minority-group gun traffickers, said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Eric Sanders.

Davin used the N-word to address black suspects, while Coan considered the unit’s minority-group targets almost subhuman, the depositions indicate.

“Capt. Coan would tell the field team . . . ‘They are f-----g animals. You make sure if you have to shoot, you shoot them in the head. That way there’s one story,’ ” said the retired detective.

The ex-cop, identified only as Undercover 7988, said Coan’s racist rant came before every search warrant executed in Brooklyn’s Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York from 2008 to 2010.

“They didn’t care if it was kids in there, they didn’t care if it was women in there, naked women,” the detective said. “. . . They treated them as if they had no rights whatsoever. It was disgusting."

The anonymous undercover cop added that "search warrants on predominantly white Staten Island were handled without kicking in doors."

The Daily News piece goes on to describe several other instances in which the cops used the n-word and other slurs and made additional racist remarks.Read the whole damning piece here.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at April 17, 2012, 4:56am

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