Thursday, April 27, 2017
VIA: Email & U.S. Mail
Delora L. Kennebrew, Chief
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Employment Litigation Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Chief Kennebrew:
On behalf of the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association (HNLEA) and the United Black Police Officers Association (UBPOA), we are submitting additional information regarding our Department of Justice complaint against the Prince George’s County Police Department. Please see above listed reference number and attached letter from the CRT.
On February 8, 2017, at the request of the NAACP, HNLEA, and UBPOA, we met with Mr. Ben Lieu and Mr. Charles Phillips from DOJ’s Community Relations Division in order to mediate our racial disparities complaint within the Prince George’s County Police Department. Mr. Lieu and Phillips later met with Chief Henry P. Stawinski, who later declined mediation help from DOJ, CRS. In addition, officers have been reporting additional racial disparities, criminal misconduct by other officers and unequal treatment of women and minorities. These reports are coming to our attention on a weekly basis with no resolution in sight. At this point and time our concerns cannot be resolved by the Prince George’s County Police on its own. Please see attached email to Chief Stawinski dated April 11, 2017 where a person reporting criminal misconduct is targeted.
Attached is the original complaint as well as a list of additional names of involved/targeted people, one hundred three (103) at present, as well as additional Complaint Consent forms.
We would like to meet with you or a representative of the Civil Rights Division to discuss our concerns in detail. Your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at 202-957-8822. We look forward to meeting with you soon.
Joe Perez Thomas Boone
HNLEA, President UBPOA, President
Update letter from DOJ
Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association
P.O. Box 766
Cheltenham, MD 20623
United Black Police Officers Association
6368 Coventry Way, # 204
Clinton MD 20735
Dear Messrs. Perez and Boone:
This responds to the letters that you have forwarded to
the United States Department of Justice addressed to former Attorney General
Loretta Lynch and to Vanita Gupta, the former
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil
Rights Division. In your letters, you
raise concerns about the employment practices of the
Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Department. Your letters, with supporting documentation,
have been referred to the
Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights
Division. We will give careful consideration to the matters contained in
your letters and contact you if additional information is needed.
Delora L. Kennebrew
Employment Litigation Section
Saturday, March 25, 2017
On March 23, 2017, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) jointly with the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association (HNLEA) and the United Black Police Officers Association (UBPOA) presented a Best Practices in Community Policing Program to several Mexican officials, as facilitators of the Police Professionalization Exchange Program for Mexico (PPEP).
PPEP is a program of the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), via the US Embassy in Mexico, designed to provide training and professional development to 3,800 police officials from Mexico over the next three years. The program’s curriculum offers participants direct exposure and access to US police professionals and experts. Its participants receive training and professional development through online lectures, training academies, professional study tours in the US, and a Mexico-based training institute administered by US law enforcement experts and professionals.
Professional study tours allow for focused dialogue and the sharing of knowledge between Mexican and US law enforcement practitioners about the evolution of modern policing and police systems. As well, Mexican and US participants have the unique opportunity to interact while analyzing their roles as law enforcement professionals within their respective communities, and to reflect on how to incorporate best practices and lessons learned.
The first professional study tour took place March 19 through March 25, bringing twenty executive level Mexican law enforcement officials to the United States. Concurrent programs in Jacksonville, FL and Little Rock, AR explored best practices for community policing, and then met in Washington, DC for a three-day Law Enforcement Summit to focus on Federal government efforts and partnerships to promote community involvement in law enforcement. HAPCOA, HNLEA and UBPOA look forward to continued work with the US State Department and our brothers in law enforcement across the globe in order to foster bridges of understandings.
Friday, March 10, 2017
DOJ Complaint Catalogue
As many of you are aware, the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association (HNLEA) and the United Black Police Officers Association (UBPOA) filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ). In light of this complaint and the volume of recent phone calls and emails from involved/interested parties, we have initiated a HNLEA and UBPOA complaint email address in order to catalogue information related to our complaint.
Please contact us at one of the two email addresses listed below if you are already part of this complaint and believe you are being targeted or retaliated against because you participated in the complaint. All information will be forwarded to the DOJ.
Please contact us at one of the two email addresses listed below, if you are not a part of the original complaint and would like to be included in the complaint because:
- you have been discriminated against because of your race; and/or you have been targeted because you reported misconduct.
- any other information that may be important to the investigation
All information received will be forwarded to the DOJ. Personal information will not be released other than to the Department of Justice and/or the American Civil Liberties Union.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
JOINT CHAPTER MEETING
Prince George’s County Chapter
9201 Basil Court Largo MD
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
I. CALL TO ORDER (Joe Perez, Chapter President HAPCOA/HNLEA)
II. ROLL CALL (Thomas Boone, President
United Black Police Officers Association)
III. BUSINESS / COMMITEE REPORTS
a. 2017 Symposium (Anthony Chapa, Executive Director HAPCOA)
b. DOJ Complaint (Boone/Perez)
· President Bob Ross, NAACP
· Updates - Ninety-Nine (99)
· NAACP, ACLU, DOJ and Attorney General’s Office
· DOJ Consent forms
· Social Media
IV. New Business
· Awards Banquet 2017
Date, Time, & Location to be determine