Personal experience and empirical data tell us that structural and individual racism pervade every aspect of American life. Yet many police departments operate behind a “Blue Wall of Silence,” pretending that discrimination and harassment do not exist within the force, rather than acknowledging the uncomfortable and incontrovertible reality. As the leader of an organization made up of Officers of Color, I know this all too well. We confront the Blue Wall on an almost daily basis, and we know what happens when officers who look like us dare to speak out.
Joe Perez, President