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NEWS MAGAZINE...MAKING A DIFFERENCE


“MAKING A DIFFERENCE”
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FEBRUARY 2010 Volume 10 , ISSUE 1

OJB CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY

RANDALL SIMMONS, 1ST


SWAT OFFICER TO DIE IN
OSCAR JOEL BRYANT, 1ST
BLACK CELEBRATED LAPD OFFICER THE LINE OF DUTY IN THE
VIVIAN W. STRANGE, HISTORY OF LAPD
1ST BLACK POLICEWOMAN TO DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY1968
SERGEANT IN THE
HISTORY OF LAPD, 1950

ANN E. YOUNG, 1ST BLACK KYLE JACKSON, 1ST BLACK


FEMALE CAPTAIN, IN THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF
CHARLES P.WILLIAMS, HISTORY OF LAPD RHD IN THE HISTORY OF LAPD
1ST BLACK OFFICER TO
DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY
IN THE HISTORY OF LAPD

WILLIE L. WLLIAMS, 1ST


BLACK POLICE CHIEF IN
THE HISTORY OF LAPD BRIDGETT ROBINSON-
ROBERT W. STEWART, 1ST PETERSON 1ST BLACK FEMALE
BLACK OFFICER IN THE MOTORCYCLE OFFICER IN THE
HISTORY OF LAPD, 1886 HISTORY OF LAPD
On the Cover: OJB celebrates Black History Month within LAPD
Page 2 Page
President’s Message: See What OJB is Doing 3-5
What Was Your Excuse? By James Edwards 7-8
OJB Celebrates Black History Month February 1-28 9
OJB Pays Tribute to LAPD’s Black History featuring Peter Whittingham, Captain I
Kyle Jackson, Commander 10-13

Know Your Black History By Elaine 14


The History of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation
15

Minister of Truth: Black Employees Tiptoeing Around the Truth 16-17


Dedication to Charles P. Williams 18
Officer Needs Help by Shawntrice Watkins 19
Negro History Week to Black History Month/Motown Puzzle 21-23
OJB Celebrates Black History Month: Motown Puzzle Solution; Famous Black Quotes 24
What Does African American Officers Want From the New Chief of Police? 25
OJB Annual Retreat 26-27
Martin Luther King’s Day Parade; January 18, 2010 28-29
Annual Scholarship Awards 30-31
Thank You Letters received by OJB 32-36
Why We Should All Be a Member of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation 37
LAPD: Sworn Personnel by Rank & Ethnicity June 2009 38
Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation 2010—2011 Board 39

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Board Members

Ronnie Cato
President —213-485-7336
James Edwards Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation
st
1 Vice President—323-342-8962 1968 W. Adams Blvd.
Lloyd Scott Los Angeles, CA 90018
nd
2 Vice President— 562-754-7268 EMAIL: OJBFOUNDATION@YAHOO.COM
Sharon Green PHONE: 310-608-2599 FAX: 310-608-2566
rd
3 Vice President— 213-485-4171
Debra Avery Directors At Large
Secretary —213-486-8151 Editorial Staff
Stacy Adams-Wright
Sabrina Williams
213-425-6911
Assistant Secretary— 213-485-7336
Diana Dupar
Editor-in-Chief
Jerome Calhoun
Treasurer— 323—485-7336 213-485-4179  Ronnie Cato

Brian Brown Yvonne Parker Design & Production


Parliamentarian—213-485-7336
213-486-6086  Elaine Cato
Janette Logan
Kevin Smith Proofreader:
Historian—213-485-417
213-485-7336  Mark Tappan
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to encourage our members to complete their


formal education and enable them to compete
See What OJB in the promotion process
is Doing?
The below list of activities highlight some of
the many activities/accomplishments that OJB
has achieved this year. If you are not a member
of OJB, it is our hope that with all of the things
that we offer as an organization and the below
list of activities / accomplishments it will

Th
Organization continues to meet with
e
inspire you to join this progressive
Organization.

Department and City officials to discuss the April 29, 2009


disparity of treatment and to reduce the equality
gaps that minorities are faced with every day in OJB held a Promotional Mixer to honor
this Department. We meet with community Commander M. Williams, Commander J.
organizations to collaborate our efforts to Greer, Captain III E. Nathan, Captain III R.
Scott, Captain III W. Scott and Captain I Tia
address community problems and needs. We
participate in recruiting African Americans into Morris.
the Department, and we support political
candidates who are committed to build
This was a wonderful event held at the Police
coalitions to include minorities in the decision
Academy Lounge Elysian Park.
making positions within the City and the
Department.
May 1, 2009
We pay tuition twice a year for our members to OJB made a financial donation to the Police
receive training anywhere in the United States Memorial Foundation for the purchase of
or even out of the country, if they desire. We numerous prototyped LAPD police badges that
pay attorney consultation fees or a portion of was given to police officers from agencies all
the legal cost / fees for our members when they over the world that attend the Police Memorial
initiate law suits against the Department for in honor of our brother officers that died in the
discrimination or unfair treatment in the work line of duty.
place. We support children in the community
by giving scholarships each year along with
scholarships for the children of our own May 2, 2009
members. We provide up to $500.00 a year for OJB made a donation for the purchase of a
college tuition reimbursement for each member shadow box for our beloved brother Deputy
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Chief Kenneth Garner. Celebration Book for Reverend Seth Watson


Pickens, Pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church to
support his installation.
June 5, 2009
OJB attended the Los Angeles Police Academy
August 16-22, 2009
Magnet School graduation ceremony at the
LAPD academy. OJB awarded two cadets each OJB Attended the National Black Police
with a $1500.00 scholarship. Association National Conference and received
an award in Dallas, Texas.

June 15, 2009


September 18, 2009
OJB supported one of our academy recruits with
firearms training to assist her in completing the OJB supported the International Lupus Race for
LAPD academy. Life by making a donation to help fight this
debilitating disease.

June 20, 2009


September 19, 2009
OJB held their annual Juneteenth Bar-Be-que at
Stevenson Park in the city of Carson. OJB supported the Ebony Reunion Bar-Be-Que
held at Kenneth Hahn Park. The Ebony
Reunion Bar-Be-Que is held annual to reunite
June 21, 2009 retired African American LAPD officers for a
OJB supported the Cadet Breakfast that allowed day of fun and reminiscing of past experiences.
youth involved in the cadet program to work
alongside a commanding officer for a day to
October 20, 2009
gain wonderful insight into becoming an LAPD
officer. OJB supported the Fellowship Baptist Women’s
Scholarship program by making a donation to
the scholarship fund.
July 9, 2009
OJB held its annual scholarship awards at the
October 26, 2009
City Club in Los Angeles. OJB awarded
$15,000 in scholarships to the children of OJB OJB made a donation to Holy Helping Hands to
members to assist them with continuing their aid them with the support of the war veterans.
formal education. Holy Helping Hands make hospital visits to the
VA Hospitals and deliver gifts to the veterans
during the holidays.
July 26, 2009
OJB purchased a page in the Installation
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Parade. The community came alive with pride


watching African American officers marching
down the street and looking good in their class
November 24, 2009
“A” uniforms. The community applauded and
OJB supported the Bar-Be-Que held at the Los cheered with love, it was a sight to see.
Angeles Police Academy Elysian Park in
honor of Chief Charlie Beck, the newly
appointed Chief of Police of the Los Angeles February 12, 2010
Police Department. OJB made a donation to Zion Hill Baptist
Church for their youth Ministry, youth activities.
December 2, 2009
OJB sponsored 4 children in the Angel Tree February 12, 2010
Ministry. This ministry buys Christmas gifts
for children whose parents are incarcerated OJB made a donation to the Los Angeles Police
and can’t afford to buy gifts. Zion Hill Baptist Foundation for the Cadet Program.
Church in Los Angeles is a main sponsor.

February 17, 2010


December 3, 2009 OJB made a donation to the Police Unity Tour.
OJB held its quarterly membership meeting at The Police Unity Tour is a two-hundred fifty
the Fame Assistance Corporation Bldg. mile bicycle ride to honor fallen officers.

December 25, 2009 February 19-20, 2010


OJB made a donation to Holy Helping Hands OJB attended their yearly Board of Directors
to aid them with the support of the war Retreat at the El Cortez Hotel in Las Vegas.
veterans. Holy Helping Hands made hospital The Board enjoyed two days of wonderful
visits to the VA Hospitals and deliver gifts to leadership training under the instruction of
the veterans during the holidays. Captain Whittingham.
February 27, 2010
December 31, 2009 OJB made a donation to the National Multiple
OJB held an Official Election for the Board of Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter.
Directors positions. All members were mailed
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a ballot.

January 18, 2010


OJB marched in the Martin Luther King
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SPECIAL RATES FOR OJB MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, MENTION PROMO CODE
OJBLV
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By
James I personally met Dr. King
Edwards when I was only 14 years of age. I got a
chance to walk with him after the shooting
of James Meredith. Dr. King could have led
the marchers’ south on Interstate 55 to
Jackson, Mississippi, but he turned at
Mississippi State Highway No. 7 and preceded

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to Greenwood, Mississippi, my home town. It
was there where I met him along with other
members of the freedom movement.

n Monday morning, January 18,


2010, The Kingdom Day Parade was held to Each year when it is time to commemorate
commemorate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin King’s life, we should jump at the opportunity
Luther King, Jr. The grand event held in Los to show the citizens of the city of Los Angeles
Angeles attracts hundreds of thousands of that we are part of the Community also.
spectators each year with festivities that Believe me it only takes 3 hours away from
enlightens and encourages the message of your busy schedule to honor a man who did so
freedom that Dr. King so powerfully preached. . much for not only African Americans, but
American as a whole. Why is it that each year
we only have less than 50 African American
It was a pleasure for me to participate in this Officers marching in the MLK Parade?
event again because I have not forgotten the
struggle we had before Dr. King’s death. In
honor and in a praiseworthy way, we as Yes, I have heard from some of you and the
people, especially African American people, first thing I heard was “it was raining.” I asked
have a special responsibility to be in the the questions, how many times did it rain on
forefront of defining and uplifting the psychic Dr. King but he still marched. Did you know
and spiritual opposition to the stinging on the night before his death, Dr. King was
indictment of institutional racism that King suffering from a bad head cold and he did not
fought so hard to eliminate, which was the attend the rally of the sanitation workers in
essential elements of his legacy and Memphis, Tennessee? Only after one of his
fundamental lesson of his life. (Continued on page 8)
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unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and


(Continued
from page 7)
his objectivity. It causes him to describe
beautiful as ugly and ugly as beautiful, and to
Lieutenants called him at the motel and told him confuse the true with false and the false with the
that the people were waiting on him did he true.” Dr. King 1963. ~~~
reconsider. He first told the Lieutenant to tell
the people that he was too ill to attend the rally.
He thought about why he had come to Memphis
and decided to join the rally and the rest is
history.

I have asked myself, if Dr. King did all of this


for us, why not show our appreciation and march
in a MLK Parade to honor this man. For those
of you who just have to work on this day, when
you see your brothers and sisters marching, don’t
turn your back. Are you ashamed that we are
marching or are you afraid of what your co-
workers might say? Learn your history on Dr.
King and you will be able to explain any
questions your co-workers may have, which will
give you a chance to redeem yourself. The next
parade will be held on Monday morning, January
17, 2011, rain or shine please show your
support!

For those of you, who want a copy of Dr. King’s


speeches; please contact the King Center, 449
Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA. 30312. Bookstore
& Resources Center
404-526-8929, or shop@thekingcenter.org.

Remember, “Like an unchecked cancer, hate


corrodes personality and eats away its vital
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Slaves at Cumberland
Landing, VA

Poster advertising $100 reward for runaway


slave from 1860
The Little Rock Nine

1780 advertisement

WWI Black Soldiers

Scottsboro Boys
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OJB Pays Tribute to LAPD’s Black History

LAPD’s Black history was first truly captured by our beloved brother Homer F. Broome Jr. who
passed away 2007. The Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation has contracted with the honorable Firpo W.
Carr, Ph.D. as a Black history researcher to continue in the footsteps of our dearly departed
brother Broome to record the Black History of LAPD today, 2010 and the future. In this issue, he
has interviewed Peter Whittingham, Captain I, and Retired Kyle Jackson, Commander .~~~

Peter Whittingham
CAPTAIN I
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT

C aptain Peter Whittingham brings an international flavor to


the Los Angeles Police Department. He was born
November 11, 1954, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He also brings with
him a rich background in law enforcement. After being recruited
from college by the Jamaica Police Department (JPD) he served in
various capacities as he did his part to preserve peace in paradise.
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Peter Whittingham
CAPTAIN I
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT

During his near decade of service with the JPD he went from doing a two-year tour of duty in the
Jamaica Supreme Court to serving approximately four years as an Immigration Officer. He retired
thereafter and moved stateside in September 1983.

After coming to southern California, Whittingham went on to be employed by the University of


Southern California (USC) in 1985. There he worked with the Public Safety (Campus Police)
Department. He resigned as a sergeant to join the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on May
2, 1988.

After successfully completing the LAPD Academy in October 1988, Whittingham was assigned to
the field in Wilshire Division. Three years later, October 1991, he was a sergeant again, but this
time with the LAPD. As such, he was a field supervisor in both Foothill Division and Northeast
Division. In March 1994, he promoted to detective at North Hollywood Division. In October 1995,
he was promoted yet again to Internal Affairs Division (IAD) as a Sergeant II where he served in a
dual role as investigator and Assistant Advocate. After gathering three and a half years experience
in IAD, Whittingham found himself at Pacific Division in March 1999 as a lieutenant serving as
watch commander.

Within a year, in January 2000, Lieutenant Whittingham was assigned to Newton Division in an
administrative role. As was the case when he served in IAD, Whittingham accumulated three and a
half years experience in this assignment. Thereafter, in July 2003, he was promoted to Lieutenant II
in Southwest Division. In this capacity, he served as Officer in Charge of the Southwest Area Gang
Impact Team. In widening out the depth and breath of his law enforcement experience, Lieutenant
Whittingham accepted the job of Assistant Commanding Officer at Pacific Division in September
2008, where he had oversight of the LAX Field Services Division.

Less than one year later, on May 10, 2009, a milestone occurred in the life of Jamaican-born Peter
Whittingham. It was on that date that he entered the prestigious world of “captains and above” by
acquiring the rank of Captain I, Commanding Officer of Hollywood Patrol Division.

After graduating from the LAPD Academy, Captain Whittingham continued his formal education at
The University of La Verne, California, where he graduated Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Public Administration. Captain Whittingham, who prides himself as a
practitioner of Situational Leadership, has attended various management/leadership training/
seminars, and is a graduate of the LAPD West Point Leadership Program, and the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) National Academy. ~~~
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time Sgt. Jackson stayed Detective Section, Gang Detail,


nearly three years until Crime Analysis, and Area
January 1991. It was then Career Criminal Unit. His
that he made Lieutenant I collateral duties and
and headed back to Wilshire. r es pons ibilities inc lude d
Later, in November 1991, he developing liaisons and support
transferred to Jail Division as within the business community
a Lieutenant I, serving 90 to reduce crime and fear.

In
days there. After evolving as a
Upon being released manager for nine months at
1977, Kyle Jackson from Jail Division in January Van Nuys Division, Jackson’s
was hired by the Los Angeles 1992, Jackson sought refuge in career gave birth to a Captain
Police Department (LAPD) and his promotion as a Lieutenant II position at BAD/CCD. In his
entered the police academy II Commanding Officer of the role as Commanding Officer at
September of that year. Just Devonshire Detective Division. the Burglary-Auto Theft
over a year later, in March During his six-year stint as Division, he had city-wide
1978, he was promoted to CO, he commanded the responsibility for overseeing all
Patrol Officer II in Newton homicide, robbery, auto theft, incidences of auto theft and
Division. There for just over a and major assault crimes burglary, as well as all grand
year he then transferred to section. He was also the thefts committed by
Communications in April 1979. Project Director of the sophisticated organized theft
Wilshire Division was up next. Devonshire Area Volunteer groups. Jackson would
It was his home base for six Surveillance Team. This experience another nine-month
years as he served in the citizen group received national incubation period his Captain II
following capacities: Patrol recognition as an effective position developed into a
Officer II, Patrol Officer III, community policing/problem- Captain III post at Northeast
and Patrol Officer III+I. solving program. Having Division in August 1999. In
Thereafter, Officer Jackson experienced significant his capacity as Commanding
made Sergeant I in October accomplishments, in March Officer of the Northeast Area
1985, serving as such for just 1998 a well groomed and Community Police Station, he
over a year in Pacific Division. eminently qualified Lieutenant directed the efforts of over 370
In December 1986, he was Jackson became Kyle Jackson, sworn and civilian personnel as
promoted to Sergeant II at the Captain I, at Van Nuys they served over 260,000
Employee Opportunity and Division. As Commanding community members in an area
Development Division Officer of the Van Nuys covering 29 square miles.
(EODD), after which he Operations-Support Division During this four-and-a-half
transferred back to Pacific he was responsible for year period, Captain Jackson
Division in April 1988. This overseeing the efforts of the implemented numerous
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innovative programs involving over the three-year period awards of recognition such as the
crime reduction and community Captain Jackson oversaw RHD Department’s prestigious
policing-problem solving to h e i m p l e m e n t e d M ana ge me nt Ac hie ve me nt
enhance organizational groundbreaking changes that Award as the LAPD’s top
effectiveness and community greatly benefitted the manager. Complimenting his
service. Department, thereby exceptional talents and abilities,
facilitating service to and is Commander Jackson’s Masters
As if wishing to explore protection of the people of Los Degree in Public Policy and
the inverse of directional Angeles. Administration, and Bachelors
northeast, Jackson signed on as Degree in Criminal Justice from
Captain III at Southwest In July 2008 Captain
the California State University
Division in March 2004. For Jackson was promoted to the
rank of Commander, serving as Long Beach. ~~~
nearly 18 months, he directed
over 400 officers, detectives, Commanding Officer of the
and civilian employees. Criminal Gang/Homicide
M or e ove r, he provide d Group for the next 15 months.
community-policing services to In this assignment he led a
over 240,000 community bureau-wide investigative and
residences and business owners. gang enforcement detail that
In the nature order of focused on solving gang related
progression of things, Jackson’s homicides while simultaneously
illustrious career brought him endeavoring to reduce incidents
to the highly coveted, very of violent assaults.
prestigious position of Captain Furthermore, Commander
III at Robbery-Homicide Jackson was part of the
Division in July 2005. RHD is Department’s Community
responsible for all high profile Policing cadre and provided in-
incidents of homicide, rape, and service training to officers and
serial or VIP robberies in the supervisors in community
City of Los Angeles. While policing and problem solving.
discharging his weighty It was there at CGHG, after 32
r e s pons ibilitie s , C a pta in years and one month of
Jackson created one of the eventful and fulfilling service to
largest cold case entities in the the people of the great city of
nation. Additional duties Los Angeles, California,
involved the investigation of all Commander Kyle Jackson
attempt murders or homicides retired from the Los Angeles
involving police officers or any Police Department.
other assignment as directed by Commander Jackson is
the Chief of Police. In short, the recipient of numerous
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KNOW Y0UR BLACK HISTORY

By Elaine

1. ________________________First African American to play in the major leagues in the


modern era
2. ________________________First African American to win a Nobel Peace Prize - for
mediating the Arab-Israeli truce
3. ________________________First African American to publish a book - Poems
on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
4. ________________________First African American millionaire - invented black hair care
products
5. ________________________First African American Supreme Court Justice
6. ________________________First African American with his own network radio show -
The Nat King Cole Show
7. ________________________First African American student to attend the
University of Mississippi
8. ________________________First African American to go into space
9. ________________________First African American to be on a U.S. postage stamp
10. ________________________First African American to serve in the United States Senate

Thurgood Marshall, Phillis Wheatley, Nat King Cole, James Meredith, Hiram Revels, Madame C .J.
Walker, Jackie Robinson, Guion Bluford, Ralph J. Bunche, Booker T. Washington
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was corrected after discovering that a Black LAPD


officer named Charles P. Williams, had been killed
in the line of duty on January 13, 1923. Williams
laid in the grave yard for 75 years without a
headstone.)

It was in the spirit of honoring Officer Bryant’s


ultimate sacrifice, that encouraged a group of Black
officers, in September of 1968 to take a stand
against the racism and discrimination they faced in
the Los Angeles Police Department. The Black
officers took this stance by calling a meeting of all
Black officers to discuss and find resolutions for the
racism and discrimination that they faced within the
Department. From that historic meeting an
association was born, which later became the OJB
Foundation.
Why Is It Important To Belong To The Oscar
The History of The Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation?
Joel Bryant Foundation History reveals that hiring, promotions, career

It
opportunities and discipline continue to show a
pattern of disparity of treatment towards minority
employees. The Foundation’s goals are to ensure
was May 13, 1968, when Officer Oscar
that all members are treated fairly and protected
Joel Bryant, working a one-person unit, responded
against any form of discrimination in the work
to a radio call of a robbery in progress. Being the
place; to assist the members in promotions, career
first officer to respond to the scene he requested
advancement, career survival, financial security after
back up and then single-handedly confronted three
retirement, provide scholarships to their children,
suspects. Without warning, one of the suspects
and offer all members a pre-paid legal service. The
drew a concealed weapon and fired upon Officer
Foundation’s goals do not stop within the
Bryant, fatally wounding him. Although Officer
Department. OJB continues to establish fellowships
Bryant was mortally wounded he continued to
with the residential and business community, other
exchange gunfire, preventing the escape of the three
law enforcement associations, support local city
suspects and made their capture possible by the
youth activities and improve relationships between
responding officers.
the Department’s African American personnel and
the African American community. In order to
Bryant’s heroic effort was forever ingrained in the continue a progressive opposition against
Los Angeles Police Department’s history and the discrimination and to foster a better relationship
Department has memorialized Officer Bryant as the with the community, all members of the
first black officer killed in the line of duty. (Note: Department are invited to join the crusade for
Until 1998, it was believed that Officer Bryant was fairness and correctness by becoming a member of
the first Black officer killed in the line of duty. This the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation. The OJB
Foundation has approximately 600 members and
continues to grow. ~ ~ ~
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Ronnie
Cato

When you interview


the average African American
employee about their experience and innermost
African Americans are forced to watch their non
feelings about the Los Angeles Police Department
Black counterparts promote into management
it does not take long before their thoughts reveal a
positions without degrees, and then allowed to
considerable amount of despair. Although there are
complete their degrees over the internet while
differing explanations for it, a wide variety of
waiting for another position to open for their
African Americans will quote stories of their
advancement. The double standard does not stop
continuing encounters with prejudice,
here. Whites on the Department with very little
discrimination and racism, which has a damaging
experience have been allowed to promote two or
effect on their lives and their careers. Knowing that
three times faster then most Blacks. It is not
if they voice their concerns too loud or make them
uncommon for a White privileged employee to
public, there may be reprisals, so they just
promote from the rank of lieutenant to Captain III
internalize the problem and keep quit.
or Commander or even Deputy Chief within two or
three years. What is confusing for most African
Example of these violations is alleged to take place American employees is that there is no formula to
in the Department’s promotional process. Very explain the accelerated advancement given to their
qualified African Americans who have worked hard White privileged counterparts.
and completed their formal education, studied to do
well in the promotional process, played by all the
When African American employees ask for an
rules, meaning they have done everything they were
explanation they are given all sorts of reasons for
suppose to do believing that it would allow them to
the disparities. They are told that they need to work
advance and achieve to the limits of their ability,
certain assignments, they need education,
find themselves standing by and watching their less
administrative experience, experience working in
qualified White counterparts promote over them.
operations and sometimes they are told that they
need to do something great in the community. This
The double standard allowed for the White is fine, but many of the White privileged class are
privileged class on the Department is glaring. allowed to promote without completing many of
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(Continued from page 16) double standard has made you angry and
caused you pain.
these so called required qualification.

Some would argue that racism has nothing to do It has affected many of you physically with
with the selections of the commanding officers, but high blood pressure, stress, headaches and
remember most of the promotional selections are depression. It has affected many of you
made by ranking white managers and if you look at mentally by causing you to lose your desire to
the ethnicity chart it clearly illustrates that the participate in any future promotions, or even
equality gap still exist in the positions of captain continue being a member of the Department.
and above among the Black, White and Hispanic Many of you are looking for a job with
another department as you read this article
sworn employees. Whites are selected three to one
because of the way you have been overlooked
over the minority employees for the managerial
and mistreated.
positions.

We can no longer tiptoe around the truth and


So what methodology is really used to make
continue to whisper to each other about the
promotional selections of the command staff? If it
double standard that we see so clearly taking
is not work experience, is discipline history a
place in the Department’s promotional
factor? If so it is well known that many of the
system. We must take a stand like Detective
White privileged class have negative discipline in
Hunter did years ago when he was passed
there personnel packages from allegations of
over 100 times for a Detective III position.
insurance fraud, racial discrimination law suits,
Historically, the court system is the road we
sexual harassment allegations, hostile working
environment complaints, and allegations of having are forced to use to gain fairness.
sexual relationships with subordinates.
Notwithstanding these complaints, the White But before we result to these methods, I felt
privileged class are still allowed to promote while that it was only fair to share our concerns with
some minorities are sent letters advising them that Chief Beck. The chief met with me on March
they can not even take part in the promotional 4, 2010, regarding our promotional concerns
process because they have a 10 year old false and without hesitation. He was very receptive and
misleading complaint in their package, which had listened to all of our concerns. The chief
noting to do with their position as a police officer. assured me that diversity was very important
to him. He also asked that we have patience
because he has only been in office for 100
Black employees must stop tiptoeing around the
days. He also said that he was aware that we
truth and struggling with the basic issue of fairness.
have talented African American employees
How long are you going to waddle in self pity by
on this department and he plans to include
saying: “I have done everything I was supposed to
do? “I have stayed out of trouble, gone to the right them in future promotions.~~~~~
schools, and worked myself to death for this
organization.” “What more do they want, why in
Gods name won’t they promote me?” “Why am I
pigeonholed? You have invested deeply in the
dream of promoting on the Department and the
Pa
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stated below:
consistently worked for the
People are losing their betterment of the community. In
jobs or losing work 2001, I co-founded God’s Beloved
hours by being
Dove Enterprise, Inc. (GBDE), a
furloughed. Far too
long the working middle non-profit organization designed to
class has had to carry edu c at e a nd em p ow er t he
the weight of California community. In 2007, I became the
on its back. When cuts first Black Woman elected to the
come down from seat of Board of Trustees
Sacramento it hits us Member for Eastside Union
the hardest and we School District. I am currently the
have already felt the Vice President of Valley Oasis, a
effect on us. I am Domestic Violence Shelter and the
sure you know Vice President of Antelope Valley
someone that has
Community Labor Coalition.
lost their job or lost
hours at work. We may
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am proud to say that Oscar Joel
be next. You need
My name is Shawntrice Watkins someone that is willing Bryant Foundation was the first
and “this officer” needs your help. to stand with you to organization to publicly endorse
I have been a police officer for protect you and your me. They saw a sister that needed
over 13 years with the Los family from a their help and they were willing to
Angeles Police Department. I dysfunctional step up to the plate when others
have been side by side with you on government. wouldn’t. I am now asking you for
the streets of Los Angeles Our children deserve to your help. The event below is one
protecting and serving our attend a fully funded way you can help. I have put out
community. While working the public education the “Help Call” and I know I can
streets as a P-2, I realized there system. Year after year depend on you to respond “Code
was more that I could do to have a education is the first 3”.
place that cuts are
greater impact on the people we Your Sister,
made and our children
serve. deserve a better. They Watkins ~~~
In June of 2009, I announced that I need someone who will
stand up against the Please join us on the
was running to be the next
cuts to education. If Breathtaking Polaris Rooftop
Assembly Member for California 360° View overlooking the
our students don’t
State 36th Assembly District which City of Los Angeles
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NEGRO HISTORY WEEK TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History
Week" and later as "Black History Month." What you might not know is that black history
had barely begun to be studied-or even documented-when the tradition originated.
Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not
until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books.

Blacks Absent from History Books


We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black
history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents who were former
slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and
enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years
and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was
disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the
black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture,
it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they
were assigned at the time.

Established Journal of Negro History


Woodson, always one to act on his ambitions, decided to take on the
challenge of writing black Americans into the nation's history. He established the
Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the
Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely
respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an
initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout
American history.

Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks
the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick
Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. However, February has much more than Douglass and
Lincoln to show for its significance in black American history. ~~~
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began to release some of the greatest songs ever written #1A co-wrote was "All I Could Do Was Cry" which k
and recorded: ___ Gordy, Jr. was recorded by this talented singer: ___ James
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other ex-boxer, Jackie Wilson. 65. * Supremes' Smash written by the legendary Mo-
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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: "The Tears of a ___" Enough" written by the husband-and-wife songwriting a
44. Plans of a Personal Trainer: "I think I will ___ Rock- team of Ashford and Simpson ti
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charts when it was recorded by Motown sensations, The 14. Ripened "
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26. Adjust 45. * The Motown classic dance song "Shotgun" was re-
28. * Something is missing from this song corded by this band in '65: ___ Walker & The All Stars
Smokey Robinson wrote for The Temptations: 47. Side by Side, with "Passu"
"The Way You ___ the Things You ___" 49. * Motown classic by the great Mary Wells
30. City of Central California 50. Glaze over
31. "Very funny!" 52. "Head" in French
35. * Smash hit for The Temptations: "Papa 56. Not functioning
Was a Rolling ___" properly
58. Relating to the
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37. * In 1992, this Motown group stayed at the 60. Space reserved
top of the charts with the smash "End of the for Sitting
Road" 63. Long time
38. São Paulo is located here, for short 68. Gung completer
40. Not fast, briefly
41. One of the Mariana Islands
43. * Performers take them to perfect their
technique
44. Prefix to "coastal" or "weekly"
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Motown Puzzle Solution

“FAMOUS BLACK QUOTES”


 Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.
-- Maya Angelou "Still I rise," And Still I Rise (1978)

 Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.


-- Arthur Ashe quoted in Sports Illustrated

 Just like you can buy grades of silk, you can buy grades of justice.
-- Ray Charles

 The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.
-- Bill Cosby

 There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism
enough, to live up to their own constitution...
-- Frederick Douglass

 You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be
working on a plantation.
-- Billie Holiday

 Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.
-- Quincy Jones

 Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
-- Barbara Jordan

 Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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take ownership of problems and of Captain should be the most


develop appropriate solutions to diversified position on the
those problems. He must be Department because they select
willing to hear complaints from over 80% of the pay-grade
the community and his own advancement positions in the
subordinates, and take Department, which provides the
responsibility for fixing the feeder pools for future
problems that are reported to him promotions.
in a timely manner.
We need a Chief that
The Chief must be understands the importance of
grounded in integrity and believe surrounding himself with a
in fairness. He must be honest diverse group of commanding
enough to admit that in our society officers with the experience to
Whites occupy most of the top
What Does African American provide the community with the
positions in powerful institutions, best policing possible. If the
Officers Want From the New including this police Department. Chief for some reason refuses to
Chief of Police? This is why the Chief must embrace diversity, the
understand and demonstrate that Department will return back to
Some people reading this he has an appreciation for the dark days of its past where
article may ask, don’t we all want the diversity; not just diversity in the police and the community
same thing from the Chief of Police? numbers, but diversity in the were divided along racial lines.
Why should African American decision-making process. African The Department will also suffer
officers want anything different than American officers need to be internally from the privileges
any other officer? Are we not all assured that their interest will be given to one race over another.
police officers working for the same protected, and the best way to do
that is by having a voice at the If the Chief chooses to
Department and receiving the same
treatment and opportunities? If you decision-making table. We need practice diversity, then this
answer yes to all these questions then balance, and not a system that Department could become truly
you are having a serious reality allows unearned privileges to be one of the best big city
problem. If you answer yes to these given to one group over another. departments in the country and
questions, you would be essentially Diversity allows all groups to play
his legacy as the leader would
saying that since we are all a part in the decision-making
process of the Department, and become one of team building
Americans, then America is color with everyone sharing in the
blind and everyone is treated equal this is the only way we will regain
our respect from the community. success of providing the City
and racism is only a thing of the past.
Again, if you believe this statement with the best protection in the
We need a chief that
you are having a serious reality understands that the Black world.~~~
problem. perspective is different from the
African Americans are White perspective when it comes
looking for a Chief who will protect to racial issues. For example most
the City from crime, respect the Whites believe that discrimination
rights of all the diverse communities, targeting Blacks is no longer a
and understand how the wrongs of serious problem, where most
the past must be corrected to shape Blacks believe that it is still a
the future of this Department. He serious problem. We need a Chief
must emphasize community policing, that understands that the position
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To: Potential OJB Member


From: The Board of Directors, OJB
Subject: Why We Should All Be a Member of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation

T he Board of Directors of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation would like to invite you to
join the Foundation and share in our vision to promote fairness and equality for all Department
employees. It is our belief that OJB promotes and advocates the best interest for African American
employees on this Department. We cannot achieve our full potential, in the battle to promote
fairness and equality for our members, without the full support of our membership. Every minority
group of employees on this Department has an organization representing their interest. We as
African American employees will continue to be left out of the main stream unless we fully
recognize the value of unity.

While the subject of racial insensitivity continues to be the primary barrier affecting the progress of
African American employees on this Department, it is not the only issue confronting us at this
time. We must work together to expose the obvious double standards in the areas of discipline,
recruitment, pay grade advancements, promotions, selections to coveted positions and selections to
specialized units. These are just a few of the areas in which African American employees have
experienced obvious double standards on this Department. We must not forget about the other
areas less likely to be detected because of the way they are crafted behind the scene.

In our effort to revitalize the Foundation, we have embarked on an ambitious program to provide
training and support to our members in the areas of career advancement, oral interview techniques,
career survival, financial planning and legal support. We are committed to do everything in our
collective power to protect the rights of our members from discrimination, racism, and other acts
that violate our rights as employees. To be successful in this endeavor, we need you to be a part of
the team.

We will soon be announcing a time and date for our next general meeting where we will further
discuss the many issues affecting African American employees on this Department. We will also
use the meeting to discuss our short and long term goals for the Foundation.

We sincerely hope that you will join us by signing the membership application on the back of this
newsletter. This is the first step in forming a united effort to effectively utilize our collective
resources to make this Department a better place to work. In the mean time, thank you in advance
for your support of OJB, and if you need any additional information, you may contact any of the
Board members. ~ ~ ~
Los Angeles Police Department
Sworn Personnel by Rank & Ethnicity
JUNE 2009

American
RANK Black Hispanic Asian Caucasian Filipino Total
Indian

CHIEF 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

ASSISTANT CHIEF 1 0 0 2 0 0 3

DEPUTY CHIEF 0 3 1 5 0 0 9

COMMANDER 2 3 0 12 0 0 17

CAPTAIN III 7 4 2 27 0 0 40

CAPTAIN II 2 2 0 10 0 0 14

CAPTAIN I 7 8 1 9 0 0 25

LIEUTENANT II 20 40 9 100 0 0 169

LIEUTENANT I 12 29 9 57 0 0 107

SERGEANT II 90 150 25 232 3 2 502

SERGEANT I 121 252 47 351 5 8 784

DETECTIVE III 62 122 14 172 0 1 371

DETECTIVE II 103 248 44 282 3 11 691

DETECTIVE I 88 287 58 270 5 11 719

POLICE OFFICER III 274 849 155 770 8 54 2,110

POLICE OFFICER II 329 1,646 237 1,153 17 81 3,466

POLICE OFFICER I 76 500 68 249 2 26 922

TOTAL 1,196 4,143 670 3,700 43 194 9,950


Ronnie Cato
President

James Edwards
1st Vice President Lloyd Smith
2nd Vice President

Sharon Green
3rd Vice President

Debra Avery
Secretary

Sabrina Williams
Assistant Secretary
Jerome Calhoun
Treasurer

Janette Logan Brian Brown


Historian Parliamentarian

Director at Large
Diana Dupar

Director at Large
Yvonne Parker

Director at Large
Stacy Adams-Wright

Director at Large
Kevin Smith
FEBRUARY 2010 Volume 10

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OSCAR JOEL BRYANT FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION


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I hereby apply for membership in the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation. I agree to abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Foundation and
to promote the objectives of the Foundation, as long as my membership remains in effect .

Signature of Applicant_____________________________________ Date______________________

Please mail to the address listed below. An OJB Director will contact you with additional membership information .

Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation

1968 W. Adams Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90018


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OJB Website: www.ojbfoundation.com
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