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What does the police policy of Broken Windows mean for Worcester?

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A civilian review board for the Worcester Police Department!

By Gordon Davis

What does the police policy of Broken Windows mean for Worcester?

We will certainly soon find out.

Recently the new Worcester Chief of Police, Steven Sargent, and Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus were interviewed by a local paper. During the interview, Chief Sargent revealed that he will police Worcester based on the Broken Window Theory. This was somewhat of a surprise.

The Chief had not, to my knowledge, revealed to the public his thinking on criminology, race or body cameras on police officers.

The Broken Window Theory has several parts: one component is the cleaning up of the physical environment, which lets people see that an area is cared for and surveilled. Another part of the Broken Windows Theory has been called Zero Tolerance. A third part has been the removal of “undesirables.”

The removing of “undesirables” has been in effect in Worcester for more than a decade. The so called “aggressive” panhandling ordinances of the City of Worcester are examples of this. The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled that Worcester’s ordinances on panhandlers are unconstitutional. In some instances, this practice has been the intentional precursor of gentrification.

One can only wonder what Chief Sargent and his boss, City Manager Ed Augustus have planned for these people. Whatever it is, the public should know.

City Manager Augustus, after being ruled against by the Supreme Court, spoke from his bully pulpit demanding that the residents of Worcester give money to charity and not to panhandlers.

Zero Tolerance is the practice of arresting people for minor or non-existent violations such as “disorderly.” Many statutes regarding “disorderly” or disturbing the peace are vague and give the police arbitrary and discretionary powers. This practice eventually evolved into New York City’s infamous Stop, Question and Frisk policy.

There is evidence that the Stop, Question and Frisk practices of the New York Police Department were racial profiling and violated the Fourth Amendment. The police stopped hundreds of thousands of law abiding New Yorkers annually – the vast majority Black and Latino.

I would like Chief Sargent to say there will be no Stop, Question and Frisk policy in Worcester.

I actually agree with the first part of the Broken Windows Theory. Property owners should be made to maintain their properties. In a 2005 Harvard University Study conducted in the “hot spots” of Lowell, Mass, it was determined that improving the physical environment, such as the better enforcement of building codes, is the most effective part of the Broken Windows Theory. It was also the least unlawful.

Almost all of what the Worcester Police Department does in the city is secretive: statistics, reports and records of police misconduct are impossible to get. Police Chief Sargent and City Manager Augustus have a duty to meet with the residents of this city to explain what is in their Broken Windows Policy. A discussion of how Broken Windows will affect the Black and Latino communities and other residents of Worcester is needed.

This should be a REAL discussion: It would be helpful (but unlikely) if the gang of three Worcester City Councilors – Michael Gaffney, Konnie Lukes and Gary Rosen – were excluded.

In Worcester government, Discrimination = Disparate Impact

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Dr. Carter – Worcester’s Chief Diversity Officer

By Gordon Davis

Disparate Impact discrimination is the legal term that describes discrimination without animus.

It usually is found as a policy that results in an adversely negative impact on a protected class based on a so called neutral or nondiscriminatory policy.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that criminal records disclosures can be considered disparate impacts.

It and other organization have created new policies to ensure that people who have been formerly incarcerated or arrested will get at least a chance for an interview when applying for work.

Another example of disparate impact is the so called School to Jail Pipeline which many people consider racist because it affects a disproportional number of Black Latino and poor students. The institutional mechanism and policies of the School to Jail Pipeline negatively affects all students.

The School to Jail Pipeline’s policies are racist, not because it is based on any negative animus but because it has a disproportional negative impact on Black, Latino and other students.

The solution to the disproportionally negative impact is a rewrite of policies. For Massachusetts the change has seemingly come in M.G.L. Chapter 222.

The opponents of the efforts to reform the policies leading to disparately negative impacts sometimes use the pretext of colorblindness.

We have seen this use by a local columnist to defend a lack of effective programs, the Worcester Police Department and people working in the Worcester Public Schools. In her recent column she said that white teachers are the victims.

A good teacher is a good teacher regardless of protected class or race. We should instead look at the policies that have the negative impact on our children.

It has been pointed out to me that the recent promotions of City of Worcester and Worcester Public School officials could be an example of Disparate Impact:

The present Commissioner of the Worcester Department of Public Works, Mr. Moosey, was, before he was appointed, the next in line to replace then DPW and P Commissioner Mr. Moylan.

Ms. Ledoux, the present Worcester City Clerk, was next in line when she was promoted and replaced her boss, David Rushford who recently retired.

The new City of Worcester Chief of Police, Mr. Sargent, was next in line when he was promoted to replace the retired Chief Gary Gemme.

All the people mentioned above are white and they were all well qualified for their experience and promoted to the top positions with in their respective departments.

There was one exception to this apparent policy of promoting the employee next in line: The Assistant Superintendent of our Worcester Public Schools was passed over in favor of a less qualified candidate. In this particular case the Assistant Superintendent is Latino and the less qualified candidate – now School Superintendent – is white.

In terms of unlawfulness this might not be disparate impact. The hiring process of department heads was not the same or similarly done, as was the hiring of the Worcester School Superintendent. The Worcester School Committee made the decision regarding the Superintendent. The aforementioned city department heads were appointed by either Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus or elected by the Worcester City Council.

Our School Suprintendent is hired by the Worcester School Committee.

However, the hiring of Maureen Benienda as School Superintendent certainly was not in compliance with Affirmative Action policies of the City of Worcester or their intent.

The policies were written to ensure that when a person in a protected class has the same or better qualifications as a candidate not in the protected class, the person in the protected class would be hired.

This Affirmative Action policy has worked very well for the Worcester Police Department for the protected class of armed forces veterans. One hundred percent of police cadets are veterans.

Is there animus in Worcester’s hiring practices?

Maybe there is.

Is there an adversely negative impact in Worcester’s hiring policies?

Yes, there is, as seen in the statistics.

All of the promotions to department heads have been white. The better qualified Latino candidate for School Superintendent is Latino and he was passed over.

Dr. Carter, the recent hire for the newly created Worcester Chief Diversity Officer position, does not seem to have any power to do anything significant.

I believe she is a good person in a position requiring moral courage.

Unfortunately, this was predicted during last summer Department of Justice “dialogues on race.”bThis writer said those “dialogues“ are a joke and that the position of Chief Diversity Officer would be just a token or crumb for “minorities” to fight over.

Worcester: city of morons

By Rosalie Tirella

This could only happen in Worcester – city of incompetent pinheads. About 50 minutes ago I went to our P.O. Box – in the Quinsigamond Village post office on Greenwood Street – to check for ICTimes mail/letters to the editor. I got a letter from a nut – possibly a dangerous one: John Mahan from Clinton.

A few months ago, I got a letter from John Mahan of Clinton that was covered with brown powder. That is when I tore open the envelope, the note iside was covered in brown powder. It made my eyes burn and water and my throat felt like it was on fire. I immediatley threw it out and told the post office guy – the one behind the desk where the walls are covered with posters on what you CANNOT mail after 9/11. Perfume, nail polish, etc.

Thinking my local US post office branch would know how to handle this all, I was surprised when the postal worker on duty behind the counter was not at all helpful. Like all hacks, he told me to take the letter to his bosses – the main post office downtown.

I didn’t do what he said because I did not think people should be driving through the city of Worcester with anthrax or other toxic chemicals. I thought a procedure should have been in place at EVERY local post office branch – including mine in Quinsig Village on Greenwood Street. It’s after 9/11 – even US postal service people need to use their brains to think. And NOT PASS THE BUCK.

But I remembered the name/return address on the envelope: John Mahan of Clinton – and said to myself: next time I would do something about this guy.

Well, today I got another letter from John Mahan of Clinton. It bulged like it contained more toxic crap (hydrocloric acid??). I went up to the postal worked in the Quinsig Village post office branch – Steve Seargent – and told him what I just told you – and that I got another letter and it looked suspicious. “Sarge” is what everyone calls this guy – great nick name for someone who just punches in and out of work – and shouldn’t be expected to take the lead on anything.

“Steve,” I said, “I got another letter from this John Mahan – I know it has something toxic in it. I don’t want it.” And I placed the bulging letter on the post office counter.

I asked him could he do something about this.

He said no and that I shoud take it to the main post office.

“But it’s toxic!”

I told Steve: Isn’t there some procedure in place for YOU – or any post office guy/gal in any of the US post office brances in the city of Worcester – to handle this? I am NOT driving around town with this in my car. Any form I can fill out? Any anything?

Steve Seargeant said no. Then he said he would give me an envelope to put my crappy letter in, so I could drive it to the main office downtown. He would not even TOUCH my letter. I said NO and that I won’t accept the toxic letter.

Steve said: Well, you need to throw it away.

He would not touch the envelope.

I said: I am not touching this! Then “Sarge” Seargeant just stared at me – a blank (stupid or admant?) expression on his face. Disgusted by his total lack of professionalism/brain neurons, I took the waste basket near the counter, brought it up to the counter, and then with some change of address packets, brushed John Mahan’s toxic letter into the wastebasket. The I put the basket down and left.

The letter is still sitting in the Qunsig Village post office wastepaper basket.

Why are folks in this town such lazy, incompetent morons?

Why couldn’t Steve – or the fucking post office – handle this problem? Weren’t they all supposed to be trained re: this stuff after 9/11 and all the terrorist crap. Their walls are covered with instructions re: toxic substances in the mail.

Obviousyly, Osama Bin Laden could come into Worcester and wreak havoc NO PROBLEMO – thanks to Steve Seargeant and our US Post Office.

On the road in my car I thought: I will do something about this! I’ll call Ron Madnick at the American Civil Liberties Union of Worcester County! He can help me!

Well, I called ol’ Ron, who is also running for state rep in the 13’th district and used to be a panelist on my TV show. Everyone I talked to said Ron was pretty incompetent as the ACLU’s go-to guy in Worcester. Even though Ron was always well-spoken on my TV show (he always saved caustic remarks/his true feelings AFTER the cameras stopped filming) – my sources were correct. Ron is a pointless weeny.

Rose to Ron: “Ron, help!” (I tell Ron everything)

Ron to Rose: “Call the FBI. They have a Worcester office.”

Rose to Ron: Can I have the phone number, Ron? I’m on the road.

Ron to Rose: I don’t know the number, Rose.

Rose: Ron, you’re in your office. Can you look it up in the phone book?

Ron: No I can’t, Rose. My eyes are bad – I can’t see the tiny print in the phone book.

Rose: (getting pissed) Ron!

Ron: Here’s a 1-800 federal number. Call it and ask for the FBI Worcester office.

So I do. The number is no longer in service. I call Ron again! Busy, busy busy signal.

Finally: “Ron, it’s Rose. The phone number doesn’t work.”

Ron: Rose, try the federal court house.

Rose: What’s the number, Ron?

Ron: I don’t know it.

Rose: (thinking: You incompetent ninny. How dare you run for political office and represent hundreds of people on important issues when YOU CAN’T EVEN COME UP WITH A fucking PHONE NUMBER?!!)

Rose: (thinking: be nice) “Ron, are you at a desk?” (Ron says “yes”)

Rose: “Then, Ron, Google FBI, Worcester and phone number. That will give you their phone number.”

Ron: (sounding put out) : OK. I’ll call you back with the number.

As of this blogging, Ron has not called me back.

So, to the Worcester FBI folks (where ever you are): A guy named John Mahan from Clinton mails out letters with toxic brown shit inside – hysdrocloric acid? It lands in the Quinsig Village post office. The post office folks (Steve Seargeant) are morons and don’t have any idea what to do with it – don’t want to have anything to do with it. I called our local ACLU office but they are useless morons, also.

Please help.

And good luck, FBI, Worcester bureau. You have your work cut out for you, here, in Worcester, city of morons.