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Carlos Ponce

I know many police officers "by name". I am related to several police officers. I have taught several including Hitchcock Police Chief John Hamm. I have known Sheriff Henry Trochesset since he was a Hitchcock HS student. He and I attend the same church. I have known Hitchcock officer Joyce Richardson for many years and taught her children. I have taught the children of many police officers, sheriff's deputies and DPS officers. Larry Crow of the La Marque and Hitchcock PD I considered a good friend. May he rest in peace.
Where do you find police officers? They're members of your church, they shop in the same stores you do. They're your neighbors. They're your relatives. They're your friends. They protect your neighborhood. They're first responders at automobile accidents.They're there to protect and serve.
What we have is an epidemic of anti-police bias based on the actions of a very few officers in this country inflamed by dramatic media coverage. Often the news media does not tell the entire story when they present incidents. Most noteworthy is that the majority of officers the media has demeaned have been no billed by grand juries or found not guilty in a court of law. But still their names are dragged into infamy by pundits.
No police officer wants to kill, harm or inconvenience anyone. But sometimes they have to. That's part of their job. And they live with their decisions for the rest of their lives.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [No police officer wants to kill, harm or inconvenience anyone. But sometimes they have to.]

Being a law enforcement officer doesn't make you perfect, Carlos There will likely be a few bad apples in any police force, or a lot of bad apples if a force has poor leadership.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Great article Dallas. As it relates to Carlos’ response the answer seems to be that we need more Diversity within our police administrations and on the streets. Carlos implies that cops were all over his community growing up but as members of his community that makes a difference. I grew up in church in Galveston County and fellowshipped with other churches; my family was well known in church and middle class civic society....but yet I don’t recall knowing one African-American cop. League City has less than 6 black cops on a force of over 100 officers; La Marque PD has less than 2 black Officers on the street. Sadly the police force does not look like the community it serves and that can hinder perceptions and understanding. Officers have to desire to want to know and understand the community they serve regardless if they look like them or not or share similar economic experiences. You my dear are a middle class church girl, raised by two married educated black parents, and now you are attending a University...you have experienced what we all have; no matter how educated or wealthy some people will see you and stereotype you as a welfare queen, ghettofabulous, loud, rude, multiple baby daddies, and totally incapable of obeying the law. We must pray for our officers and have trainings for them often so they will not allow their bias to affect how they treat certain parts of the community. I am glad you are alive to share your story.

Carlos Ponce

"...but yet I don’t recall knowing one African-American cop." - Kimberly Jones Yancy
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kimberly Jones Yancy, does the racial or ethnic background of a police officer really make a difference? I've never judged a police officer by the color of their skin. Do you?
"You know, I was asked once by an NPR reporter why I don't talk about race that often. And I said it's because I'm a neurosurgeon. And she looked at me quite quizzically. And I said, 'You see, when I take someone to the operating room and I peel down the scalp and take off the bone flap and open the dura, I'm operating on the thing that makes the person who they are.' It's not the covering that makes them who they are."
― Dr. Ben Carson

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [ does the racial or ethnic background of a police officer really make a difference?]

Not the officer, the entire force. You are trying to ignore the forest by only looking at one tree. A force needs a similar racial makeup so all groups are better understood and treated, seems a given. Otherwise you can get racist forces like we saw in Ferguson, Missouri.

Carlos Ponce

And Little Marky, if the racial and ethnic makeup does not match the community then what does a community do? You can't draft people into the police force, can you? When you have surgery do you seek a doctor of similar racial background? Of the four operations I've had, three were performed by African-Americans, one by a white surgeon, no Hispanic surgeons. Are you saying I should have preferred for a surgeon with a "similar racial makeup"? That would be racist The operation I had during the summer was done by Dr. Beverly Lewis, an excellent surgeon. She happens to be an African-American woman. She's the best.
Likewise, wouldn't you want the best available for your community regardless of race or ethnicity? Setting racial quotas is RACIST.

Walter Manuel

Mrs. Yancy, I am totally shocked that your comment would even remotely suggest that most Americans see the world through your own glasses"... no matter how educated or wealthy some people will see you and stereotype you as a welfare queen, ghettofabulous, loud, rude, multiple baby daddies, and totally incapable of obeying the law".

This leftist movement that obviously supports the likes of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Sharpton and many others just keeps the trough of "injustice" replenished when there's not much other talking points to fight with.

Obviously Mrs. Yancy, you never met a very fine African American police officer from La Marque who walked into our home weekly in order to have lunch or dinner on his shift as a Sergeant with the La Marque PD for many years and with his family often times when he was off work.

Perhaps you should google "Sergeant Gene Olivier" (May he rejoice in peace).

Again, I'm shocked and disappointed Mrs. Yancy that you would take the opportunity to promote your own agenda while complimenting Ms. Collins for her genuine efforts in bringing attention to working towards a solution rather then fighting fire with fire and being part of the problem. [sad]

Carlos Ponce

I believe Gene Olivier is the same man I knew; a fine police officer, a deacon in the Catholic Church I attend, a high school football referee. I believe he was the first African- American to achieve the rank of police sergeant on the mainland in the 1970s.The last time I saw him he was overseeing a team of referees at a Hitchcock football game. Fondly remembered.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Walter, sadly I did not know Mr. Olivier. Was he the only African-American cop in all of Galveston County? I can only speak of my experiences and I am so sorry that it makes you uncomfortable. I don't like it either. However, as a society we must do better to include all of us. It was the law to keep African-Americans for over 500 years (400 years of slavery, 100 years of Jim Crow segregation laws) out but we can only encourage the law to keep us in. These are the sad facts of our county. It will only change when we do thus enacting better enforcement of our Affirmative Action Employment plans that every city has but most fail to follow and perhaps we will achieve diversity within our local Police Forces. IJS...it is what it is.....

Kimberley Jones Yancy

And Walter I offered a solution but perhaps you didn't agree with it. Its okay. What is your solution to this issue?

Mark Aaron

Walter: [Again, I'm shocked and disappointed Mrs. Yancy that you would take the opportunity to promote your own agenda ]

Which you would never do, right Walter?

==> [This leftist movement that obviously supports the likes of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Sharpton and many others just keeps the trough of "injustice" replenished when there's not much other talking points to fight with.]

Oops.

Diane Brodie

Thank you Miss Dallas Collins for working for the change that's needed. We all know there are issues on both sides but rather than pick a side, we need the sides to come together. I love that you are doing this and please continue to reach out so we can all participate. Good luck and God bless you.

Raymond Lewis

Good article Ms. Collins. Move forward with your ideas. Fortunately, there are police officers and community members (both young and old) willing to work with you to find solutions. There are those that will not. Work with those you can. Don't stand still.

Walter Manuel

Your right Mrs. Yancy, we will have to politely agree to disagree because if your thoughts for a solution are based on "segregating" people again as in the days of Jim Crow as you suggested by hiring officers that represent the majority of it's community members then you are proposing segregation in the name of ideations for solving a problem.

Sorry, I can't go for that solution as this will certainly achieve outcomes that would certainly enable the problem.

We need to think like Ms. Collins and ALL agree to work in a positive direction to make police officers more accountable and not resort to what history has already proven to be a barrier that will forever be a huge obstacle to ever truly overcome.

I'll save my thoughts on Affirmative Action programs, because last time I checked we were ALL equal to be hired for ANY job so long as we met the qualifications that the employer was seeking. [wink]

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