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