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#1 August West

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 11:23 PM


A Black Cop Was Seriously Fired For Saying the N-word

Delvin White, a Tampa school resource officer, was fired last March. He just got his job back this week.

A Black Tampa cop who was beloved by parents, faculty, and students was fired last March for using the N-word while on duty as a resource officer at a local high school.

But now, nearly six months later and after waves of support from the community, local officials voted to reverse the department’s decision.

Earlier this week, Tampa’s Civil Service Board voted that while Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan was within his right to fire officer Delvin White for his use of the N-word, the decision to fire him went too far. The eight-year veteran of the department returned to duty Tuesday morning,
according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“I do not want to see the city lose an employee like that who obviously does his job above and beyond—a difficult job in, let’s face it, very difficult circumstances,” one of the board members told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

On March 2, Dugan fired White after a random audit of
police body-camera footage found that White used the N-word on two separate occasions. In the first instance, he was on the phone with his wife and used the word in reference to students. The second time, he used it during an arrest at Middleton High School, where he’d worked as a student resource officer since 2018. As the student disobeyed White’s orders to put his hands behind his back for handcuffing, the two exchanged words.


“Man, make me, bro. You trippin’, ” the student says.

“I told you, n-----, we ain’t playing games with your ass,” White responds.

“You trippin’,” the student says back.

“N-----, you trippin’,” White responds.

“You don’t know what a n----- be going through,” the student tells White before getting into the patrol vehicle.

At the time, the department said the decision to fire White was in accordance with
Tampa’s Personnel Manual.

“Derogatory statements made by police officers jeopardize the trust that our department works to establish with our community,” Chief Dugan
said at the time. “Tampa police officers are held to a higher standard, and incidents like this negatively impact the entire law enforcement profession.”

But
hundreds of students, faculty, and parents at the mostly Black high school rallied to White’s defense. White’s union filed a formal grievance on his behalf. They all said that White was exceptional at his job, going out of his way to engage with and mentor kids. Even the local NAACP chapter president chimed in to defend White after receiving calls about his sudden termination.

At the time of his termination,
a petition started by a student asking the department to reverse its decision had over 7,500 signatures.

“Officer White is a beloved and trusted member of the East Tampa community that he was raised in and that he protected every day,” Danny Alvarez, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Benevolent Association
said at the time.

“Despite his misstep, throughout the investigation, private citizens and other individuals associated with his school contacted the Chief of Police lending their support and reflecting their admiration for his character and contributions.”
White’s reputation for being exceptional at his job, combined with a lack of any noteworthy disciplinary action on his record, helped seal the board’s decision to reinstate him.

White admitted that his use of the N-word was a poor decision, but said that he wasn’t using it as a slur; rather, he was speaking more casually with the Black student to better connect with the student he was arresting. Several teachers and even Alvarez told the department after his termination that White’s use of the word was simply him speaking the language of the community.

Before Monday’s vote, Chief Dugan said that his initial decision had nothing to do with White’s use of the word, only that White used the word around a minor.

“This isn’t about racism, this is about professionalism,” Dugan said, according to the Times. “Officer White isn’t playing golf with his frat brothers, he’s not playing poker, he’s wearing the uniform of a Tampa Police Department officer and speaking to a student that way.”

As of Monday night, the Tampa Police Department hadn’t decided where White will be placed now that he's back with the force, and the department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, White knows where he’d like to be.

​​“I was made to be a Student Resource Officer,” he told local outlets after getting his job back.


Edited by August West, 25 August 2021 - 01:42 AM.

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#2 TVCasualty

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 09:42 AM

So I guess we, or at least the media, are fine with just assuming that having cops in schools is not a really disturbing indictment of the sorry state of our society? Or for that matter that "school" as it stands is not itself a problematic institution that might be doing as much or more harm than good?

 

It's cool to have an armed adult arresting kids in "school" (often for offenses that used to result in suspension for a few days) but we can't allow wrongwords to be spoken under ANY circumstances, I guess. Except for those times when we can, of course. Because words are violence, or something, except when they're not. "Do you have written permission to use that word that no one is allowed to use anymore?"

 

We really can't blame the kids for not having a rational and coherent understanding of reality and how to navigate contentious issues within it when we don't provide them with an example of such to emulate or learn from.
 

Anyway, school is clearly no place for children.

 

Maybe technology can come to the rescue?

 

Though we might need to think a little further outside the box than the coldly practical yet mind-bogglingly insane idea of selling bulletproof backpacks for school children:

 

 

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Note: The ballistic inserts also work just as well to stop any stray or over-penetrating bullets (or ricochets) fired by Student Resource Officers.

 
https://tuffypacks.com/school-programs

 

School Programs

TuffyPacks has created a program for school districts that desire to make bulletproof backpack inserts available to parents of school age children. More than 90% of our sales are to concerned parents that want to equip their children with a lightweight ballistic backpack insert as a first line of defense in the event of an active school shooter situation.
 
Our ballistic products are independent lab tested to provide the same level of protection that police officers wear on a daily basis. We offer 4 sizes that will fit virtually every backpack made.

 
 
Here's their Parent's Guide in case you're a parent who is not sufficiently anxious and stressed: https://tuffypacks.c...rents-Guide.pdf

 

 

 

The sad part is that I kind of want to buy one of those inserts and I'm not even in school anymore!


Edited by TVCasualty, 25 August 2021 - 09:42 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2021 - 12:41 PM

The day we started judging by a man's words rather than his deeds was a sad day, indeed.



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Posted 25 August 2021 - 05:12 PM

There is a wave of corporate puritanism out there moving to drown us all in politically correct delusions

Note to self:

Keep an eye peeled for suspicious looking dudes with a backpacks. Possible flag for undercover law enforcement agents

Edited by FLASHINGROOSTER, 25 August 2021 - 05:13 PM.





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