Paterson Aides Said to Have Sought Race-Based Changes to Security Detail in ’08

Danny Hakim, New York Times, July 31, 2012

Aides to New York’s first African-American governor wanted a police entourage that looked more like their boss, so they made an unusual request to the State Police: Replace at least 10 white troopers assigned to protect Gov. David A. Paterson with black or Latino officers.

The request prompted an extraordinary battle between the Paterson administration and leaders of the State Police shortly after Mr. Paterson, a Democrat, took office in 2008, according to court testimony, e-mails and interviews.

Preston L. Felton, at the time the acting superintendent of the State Police and the first African-American to lead the agency, said the Paterson administration had sent him “a typed request to remove 10 to 15 white troopers, and 2 African-American troopers they didn’t like, and it was clear to me that they wanted to remove all the white troopers and replace them with African-American or Latino troopers.”

State Police officials believed such moves would violate state law and lead to discrimination lawsuits. Mr. Felton said the dispute became so heated that he considered making a harassment complaint in Albany city court against a top Paterson aide.


Former Paterson aides adamantly dispute many aspects of the accounts. In a statement, a spokesman, Sean Darcy, said, “There was no formal request by the governor’s office to alter the security detail.”


“In the end,” Mr. Darcy said, “there were no changes on the detail, except that the major that supervised the unit retired.”


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  • IstvanIN

    By the way Patterson was a NY governor, not NJ.   And yes I remember the hullabaloo over  this shortly after he was installed as governor.  The sad thing, if he could have gotten over his racism, he came across as quite bright and sensible.  He even has a radio show, and comes across as quite fair minded and intelligent. 

    • The__Bobster

      Governor Blinky is funnier when he’s on Saturday Night Live.

  • This of course is because Patterson is an idiot … and a racist. Who in their right mind would ask for Affirmative Action hires.

    • The__Bobster

      Errrr, minorities?

    • He wants some guys on the down low so he wont get ratted out for crack and hose like Marian Barry did.

  • The Verdict of History

    You can thank “progressive” crusaders for expanding the meaning and sphere of civil rights to include BLATANT discrimination at the expense of WHITES themselves.

    At the core, the liberals feel that justice is achieved when whites are deprived of their well-deserved stations and positions in society, and all the while unqualified, undeserved, unreliable blacks are elevated to lofty positions in our still unsuspecting society.  

  • Church_of_Jed

    Gee, you mean the Abolition and Emancipation Legacy actually causes race friction up North?

    The South was wrong for slavery, but the North was wrong for non-deportation.

    Let the North suffer its Diversity Curse.  Dixie calls it Social Justice.

  • The__Bobster

    Senator Humpty Dumpty vowed he would eat said bill if it resulted in quotas. I never saw him down any of it.

    Through half a lifetime of observing American conservatives—and neoconservatives—passionate and principled resistance to affirmative action (a resistance that notably waned after the 2003 Grutter decision), I many times heard them quote Hubert Humphrey’s famous pledge that if the 1964 Civil Rights Act required racial quotas, he would “eat the paper it’s written on.” Recently I looked up the text of Humphrey’s remark, which he made on the floor of the U.S. Senate on April 9, 1964:

    If the Senator can find in Title VII … any language which provides that an employer will have to hire on the basis of percentage or quota related to color, race, religion, or national origin, I will start eating the pages one after another, because it is not in there.

  • tickyul

    No biggee……….if I was The Guv……well, I would not want ANY Urban Americans on my security detail.

  • libertarian1234

    I never cease to be amazed at the gullibility of whites.

    Anybody that is an aware person in the real world knows without question not to vote for a black, because the result….if he/she is elected… a pro-black bigot that will go out of the way to concern himself with blacks and black causes to the exclusion of everything else, and will finagle by hook or crook “his people” in every slot possible.

    I just saw a poll which showed Obama ahead in Florida, Pennsylvania and Florida.  Unbelievable.  This after his obvious pro-black policies, statements and executive orders. 

    If he is re-elected….. and it looks like he will be……the country unequivocally will collapse economically, then societally.  I believe that without question.  And the whites who vote for him deserve to be dispossesed and culled completely out of the white mainstream.

  • If I was a black official I’d prefer white policemen over black ones.  Preferably older ones that didn’t get in after the police department was forced to lower requirements so blacks and women could make the grade.

    Racial discrimination is all fun and games for these people right up until they’re putting THEIR life into the hands of incompetents.

  • IstvanIN

    Black New Jersey governor wanted to drop white police officers.


    • Major

      We know…Corzine wasn’t black nor is Christie…..but NY Gov was…although he didn’t know it…Stevie Wonder told him he was black. Or was it Ray Charles?

  • They should have transfered the least senior and the most incompetent officers to escort Gov. Paterson. Then, sit back and wait. 

  • IKantunderstand

    Gosh, call me dense; I’m sorry, isn’t race a social construct? Only when they decide it isn’t. Or when they decide it is. I’m beginning to think that as a White person, I am no longer welcomed in my own community. Unless, I agree to clean up the ghetto, help illiterates to read, mentor black children. Shoot, I guess I should have simplified by saying: they want me to sacrifuce my life to helping blacks. Whoa, been there, totally done that. Crap, I have to move again!

  • Chimp Master Rules

    Someone is going to have to explain the meaning of the words “diversity” and “multiculturalism” to me because obviously I didn’t get the memo about the change in definitions.

    Haven’t negroes and other coloreds been caterwauling for 60 years about integration and miscegenation?  Every time I turn on the TV, I see a happy white family in a car with a little negro in the back.  Not sure how he got there or why,  but obviously that family has met the goal of integrating their automobile and introducing their white daughter to a black boy.  

    One point scored for multiculturalism.

    So now coloreds DON’T want whites around?

    Fine by me.  I would love to play by those rules:   We all get to decide who we want to hang around.

    That’s the America I remember.

    • Major

      “I see a happy white family in a car with a little negro in the back.  Not sure how he got there or why…”

      So they can make it unmolested down MLK way or thru a flash mob at any intersection in black Amerika? Kinda like a passport having a Negro onboard?

    • The__Bobster

      I really hate this commercial, but at least the comments are good.

  • IKantunderstand

    Um, he’s BLIND , so how did he know he was protected by Whites? I’m sorry, I thought race was just a “social construct” So what is it actually? Whatever and whenever you blacks decide. Am I bowing low enough?No? Yay! Guess what? blacks are incapable of managing anything.  And , hey! Guess what? I have decided my response to: “you’re a racist” will be met in the future with : SO?

  • Church_of_Jed

    Common cause begins with an apology and reparations for the South.

  • Strider73

     A century from now? Heck, they’re already doing it.

  • Strider73

    Indeed. Somewhere in the really nasty section of hell reserved for corrupt politicians, Indira Gandhi is wishing she had been more paranoid.

    You can bet Obama’s entire Secret Service contingent has been thoroughly vetted for political reliability.

  • steve1red

    Where I live, there’s been a surge in black cops. And of course, they’re abusing their power to death. They’re always accused of sexually harrasing women. They steal drugs from dealers and try to sell on their own. They take bribes to escort drugs across the city.  Those are just a few of their offenses.

    If you got rid of all of the affirmative-action black cops, you would see far better relations between the police and citizens.  They’re one of the main reasons for the mistrust. Hispanic cops are a disaster too.

    • The__Bobster

      PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia police officer is facing federal charges after allegedly provided sensitive law enforcement information about drug investigations to his half-brother, authorities said.

      Rafael Cordero, 49, a 23-year veteran of the police force, is charged with three counts of obstructing justice and four counts of false statements to law enforcement, according to an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday.

      Cordero’s half-brother, David Garcia, is an alleged member of the Serrano/Medina Drug Trafficking Organizations, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pa.

  • Tom

    Who speaks up for White Americans?

  • Detroit_WASP

    I am certain  I have noticed the same thing going on with Oh-bamma.  Losts more people of color in his security detai.  

    The whole country is turning into Detroit, just as planned.  lol

    Living under black rule isn’t fun my friends.

  • Church_of_Jed

    John Wilkes Booth and James Earl Ray made the worst mistake White men can: they made martyrs out of scoundrels.