Cops Against Brutality: A Crisis Action Planby
Introduction by Sergeant Hosia Reynolds
142 pages, illustrated
“Police brutality reminds me of the darkness in history when the master
whipped the slaves just because he could… There can be no more blatant
racism than that misuse of power by the police who have been entrusted to
-- Excerpted from Chapter One
“The Vanishing Black Male” was the #1 documentary on my annual Top Ten List
for 2005. That timely and thought-provoking picture seriously examined how
guns, drugs, incarceration, suicide, and a host of other societal ills have
collaborated to leave African-American men on the brink of extinction.
I start with this sidebar because one of the standouts of that
groundbreaking film is Sgt. Delacy Davis, a recently-retired, 20-year
veteran of the East Orange, NJ Police Department. Ever so eloquently, he
bemoaned the breakdown of the black family while delineating the efforts of
Black Cops Against Police Brutality (B-CAP), to support single-moms and
their kids in an effective manner.
But he originally founded that organization in order to prevent police
misconduct and abuse of power, and to stem the rising tide of violence in
the ‘hood through the implementation of some innovative techniques and
programs. Davis, who has a master’s degree in Administrative Science from
Fairleigh Dickinson and a Bachelor’s in English from Drew University, has
found himself to be quite in demand around the country, as of late, as a
motivational speaker on this subject.
Fortunately, he has just published Black Cops Against Brutality: A
Action Plan, a long overdue, logical extension of his dedication and
commitment to the community. The book is basically a police encounter
survival guide, for besides relating a litany of case histories by folks
from all walks of life who fell victim to overzealous law enforcement, it
offers plenty of practical advice on how to handle the situation, if you are
unlucky enough to get detained by a cop for whatever reason.
Obviously, as a veteran officer, he has sage advice to share, such as to
remain calm, roll down your car window, turn on the ceiling light and keep
both hands on the wheel during a motor vehicle stop. He also lets you know
how to handle the situation when the authorities arrive at your door,
whether with or without a warrant, or if they simply begin questioning you
right on the street.
Of equal import is how Delacy addresses what to do when you’ve become
the victim of a profile stop, an unlawful arrest or an unfair search and
seizure. Here, he delineates each step of the subsequent civilian complaint
process, from keeping a log sheet, to finding an attorney, filing charges,
and contacting the press and your political representatives.
Finally, because the author sees the issue as a nationwide crisis, he
closes this priceless opus by stressing the need to develop both the
leadership and the strategies necessary for eradicating police brutality
once and for all. Overall, Black Cops Against Brutality is readily
recommended as a legally-sound, morally-upright and most practical guide by
a brother who breaks the blue wall of silence to help hip the people about
how to deal with the criminal justice system most effectively.