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Sick Joke? Cops in Hot Water Over Doll's Head

Dozens of angry citizens and community leaders turned out to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on Thursday to protest two white cops who drove around with a black baby doll's head attached to their antenna. The cops claim they didn't know the doll's head was there - which means, in the least, they aren't especially attentive officers. According to BET News:

State Senator Bill Perkins, who reported the incident to police earlier in the week, was outraged that police officials suggested someone likely had stuck the head there as a prank. "That is what you call a classic case of blaming the victim," said Perkins. "A classic case of being dismissive about an offense that would in other circumstances warrant the dismissal of a police officer."

He said that residents told him they tried to capture the offensive object, but a plainclothes officer emerged from the car and took it down.

"They approached the car and asked why they had a Black baby doll head on the top of their car. The guys laughed it off and disposed of it inside their trunk," said witness Desiree Murray. "Then after that, that's when all the commotion came about. You know, the community was very upset, because we do have to live here."

FOX News was on the scene and interviewed several local residents for their reaction.

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Nauseating. There is not yet one aspect of this story that allows for the continuation of employment of these men as police officers. Crass insensitivity, blatant bigotry, a
torsional humor that strongly indicates a character fundamentally unsuitable to the idea of serve and protect, or just too damn inept to observe the immediate surroundings,whatever argument or defense put forth means these guys make crummy cops. The best case scenario here means these men are a danger to fellow officers in any situation that requires attentiveness. My understanding of police work is one that states every situation requires attentiveness by the very nature of the work alone.
Is this as bad as Amadou Diallo? No, but remember how that affair was handled? Does it fall under the same unacceptable umbrella as Diallo? Seems like.
Officers should expect better of their peers. A community deserves better than this from law enforcement.
Get these men out of law enforcement. Set them to ditch digging or allow them to cultivate and hone that fine sense of humor on the stand-up circuit.
Get these men out of law enforcement.

Sent by Cortnei D. | 2:42 PM | 7-25-2008

I don't believe for a moment that the cops did not know the doll head was there. This is a a two grown men acting like children
However, I think the bigger issues here is white cops who patrol communities of color.
How do we as a society instill in men (caucasian or the other) who are charged to protect citizens, that respecting community residents is a part of the job?
A guy from Staten Island is less likely to relate to black residents in uptown Manhattan. Moreover, I'm not certain that any on the job training can change his world view!

Sent by Jerry | 4:28 PM | 7-25-2008

On the surface it sounds stupid. If you're a State Senator there are a million other reasons to publicly chatise law enforcement, holding a press conference about a baby doll head sounds silly and trite. I would expect this out of Detroit, but Harlem? I though ya'll were better than that?

Sent by Bill M | 5:31 PM | 7-25-2008

Racism, hate and predujice is alive and well in amerikkka! ALL fortune 500 business, including corporate amerikka have a daily ritual of anti- Black and rascism incident that go unreported or is cevered up.

Sent by Rick Blake | 1:19 PM | 7-27-2008

lol, hilarious.

Sent by Jeff | 11:14 PM | 8-15-2008