Proposed Federal Rules for NYPD Training Include Cop 101 Advice Like ‘Don’t Be Racist’

Stephen Rex Brown, NY Daily News, April 21, 2015

NYPD recruits are about to get a crash course in the ABCs of policing.

The federal monitor overseeing reforms to the NYPD wants the current class of Police Academy recruits to be taught groundbreaking new concepts like: Don’t be racist, don’t mock others, don’t tell sexist jokes and don’t hassle people for no reason.

The monitor, Peter Zimroth, asked Manhattan Federal Judge Analisa Torres on Monday to approve the stack of new training materials that will be presented to the class of cadets graduating in June.

He included in filings more than 75 PowerPoint slides that delve into the nitty-gritty of police work, detail constitutional stop-and-frisk practices–and give remedial directions that, it is hoped, the officers already know.

“Do not imitate the speech patterns of others: This will appear disingenuous, artificial and possibly racist,” reads another.

“Avoid expressing stereotypical assumptions. ‘He’s Irish but I’ve never seen him drunk,’ ” reads another.

The proposed instructional material is the result of Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s 2013 ruling declaring the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional.

Zimroth said the material was developed in collaboration with the NYPD and City Hall, and that the new instructions were quickly prepared for the recruits who started classes at the Police Academy in January.

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The slides emphasize that cops should not have an inherently confrontational relationship with average citizens.

“Police officers tend to forget that most members of the community are good, law-abiding people who appreciate their presence and the positive influence police have on children and young people,” one slide reads.

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  • What irks me about this is the assumption that the opposite of these things are widespread NYPD practices.

    Then again, this bug might actually be a feature. If the Federal monitors make that assumption, then they’ll consider their job done with these ten commandments being carved in stone. In other words, they won’t totally prohibit the NYPD from enforcing criminal law. All they’ll do is tell the NYPD to do or not to do what they have already been doing or not doing all along. In much the same way that I’d pretend to be angry but secretly be happy if, e.g., I was nailed for doing 90 in a 25, and the judge would sentence me by not allowing me to attend my hot nude yoga classes for one year, and leave it at that.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Uhh…so a description of a person’s race, sex and approximate age is “generic”? Not quite as generic as “youths”, and “teens”, but none of the professionally outraged seem to care about that.

      Yes, let’s treat 80-year old white women the same as 18-year old black men! Don’t want to “target” anyone! Unreal.

      • Alexandra1973

        How’s this for generic: Someone did something at a certain location.

        • a1781054

          That’s acceptable.

        • Lexonaut

          “Someone did something at a certain location.”

          I dunno, that seems a bit judgmental. I think we should wait for the verdict if there is to be a trial about it.

    • “Don’t target certain races because they appear more often in local crime statistics.” Yeah, and don’t target them even if their rate of crime is astronomically higher than most people. Yeah, even it might protect and possibly save the lives of law abiding citizens. Yep, young black male in hoody and sagging pants hanging around a retirement home late at night, don’t target. Yep, and, of course, don’t shoot a suspect if he flees. As a matter of fact, just let blacks do whatever they want to White people, because ewe all know Whites have privilege and deserve any negative consequence they get from blacks. Fixed it.

    • Phoenixian Westernia

      We might as well add this too:
      ” 11. If a teen assaults you and attempts to reach for your gun. Let him, because Black Lives Matter! “

    • gemjunior

      LOL Number 8!!!!! Do not support reasonable suspicion! Then why does everyone cross the road when they are coming? Why is everyone afraid of them (who will admit the truth) or at least wary of them (if they are sane) ? What planet are these asses on?

  • dd121

    How do you outlaw human nature?

    • TruthBeTold

      They’re working on it.

    • Jason Lewis

      The left is totally against nature.

  • What hilarity in the name of anti-racism. Any intelligent person presented with this nonsense would resent it. BTW, there’s an industry producing kindergarten level materials like this. My university’s diversity training for professors included Mexicans telling us about not mocking FAT Mexicans in the classroom.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Haha the day I stop mocking ANY Mexicans is the day they’ll wrap me in my shroud. Maybe those outraged Mexicans need to put on their sombrero and poncho, grab a bottle of tequila and take a siesta under a cactus. They sound cranky, probably haven’t been getting their 16 hours of sleep.

      • blanjm5

        As a Mexican, I find this highly…HILARIOUS! To Hell with political correctness, friend.

        • Alexandra1973

          I’m half Polish and I don’t mind Pollack jokes.

          • I’m mainly Celtic, and Irish and Scottish jokes are my favorites. They revolve around drinking and fighting, as well as the Scots’ well-known penchant for being cheap.

          • InAFreeCountry

            “I dinnae call ye a sheep fecker, I called ye a cheap fecker.”
            “Oh, well, that’s alreet then!”

          • Lexonaut

            It’s a little off topic but I remember a pet shop in Manhattan fifty years ago named …

            Fish ‘N’ Cheeps

          • Earl P. Holt III

            My father ate the haggis on my parents’ trip to Scotland…

          • Lexonaut

            For all the stereotypes I have to report on something …

            When I was sixteen (1960) my English/Irish father sent me on a two month solo tour of the British Isles. I made up my itinerary as I went along.

            One day I decided I wanted to go to Edinburgh so I took a northbound train out of Carlisle. The general Manchester area, his childhood stomping ground, was grim and grimy, depressed and depressing.

            However, the minute we crossed the Scottish border everything brightened up. Unlike their English neighbors across the line, the meanest houses in Scotland all had fresh coats of whitewash. The whole country was immaculate. Not fancy and modern, just clean as when people give a damn.

            As the Texas wildcatter Dad Joiner said a hundred years ago, “I’m often broke but I’ve never been poor.”

          • cyrusthevirus

            Get off !!!! I remember going through Scotland in the sixties and a place called Paisley always stuck in my mind–just outside Glasgow —grey,dreary and very unfriendly to me as an Englishman–didnt remember much about your immaculate country !!

          • Lexonaut

            I have dual citizenship with GB but my country is the USA. Speaking as an American, it sure looks to me as if the English have thrown in the towel, with Muhammed now being the most common boy baby’s name. No wonder the Scots don’t like you.

          • Guest

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          • pennawhytmn

            Same here, and I always love a good Polish joke. The same could be said for blondes. And nothing beats the “hostile work environment” created by female and knicker jokes.

          • Simonetta

            Alright,
            Q: What did the cute young Polish bride get on her wedding night that was long and hard?
            A: A new last name.

            Well, I’ve always thought that this joke was funny. I grew up in western Massachusetts with lots of Polish-American people with crazy last names. I use this ‘joke’ to test political-correctness in people. If they think it is funny, then they’re probably OK (or Polish themselves).

            Good for us that the blacks and Polish don’t mix well. We’d end up with kids running around with names like: LaVonndaeesha Syzimcztyzcski-Goldberg.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          There is a Mexican comedian who compares the reactions of Mexican and Anglos to the same situation. he authored a book about it and it was hilarious. I didn’t get it, but what I glanced at was really good. the name of the author escapes me, but he obviously notices racial and ethnic differences, just like all normal people do.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        They’re too busy eating when not sleeping.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Fat Mexicans? You don’t say! Must be all those cheese enchiladas, bean dip, followed by flan smothered with diabetic molasses syrup, or whatever they call it. Gross.

    • Lexonaut

      Remember the song by War, straight out of El Barrio …

      Cisco kid was a friend of mine.
      Cisco kid was a friend of mine.
      Kid drank whiskey, Pancho drank de wine.

      We met down at the fort of Rio Grande.
      We met down at the fort of Rio Grande.
      Eat those salted peanuts out de can.

      The outlaws had us holed up in the fort.
      The outlaws had us holed up in the fort.
      Kid came blastin’, drank up all de port.

      To get it you have to have watched the old Cisco Kid television show of the early 50s. Pancho was a stereotypical fat Mexican who ate peanuts non-stop, tossing them into his mouth.

  • MekongDelta69

    I saw that earlier, but OF COURSE – no comments allowed.

    Btw – the above ‘rules and regs’ will only apply to straight White male cops. Everybody else on the job will be able to do whatever they want.

  • Mr. L

    It’s like Common Core for police.

  • Dave4088

    How about a federal monitor for the afro-merican community of NYC? The monitor can instruct them not to mug, rape, rob, steal, flash mob and burgle among other things as well as not to run from or antagonize the police. The Puerto Rican and Latino “communities” would also need their own federal monitors.

    • ricpic

      Blacks regularly have demonstrations in which they exhort “the community” to stop killing our brothas! But, surprise surprise, the instruction never takes.

  • TomIron361

    Seems there’s no end to federal interference in local affairs.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Seems like we fought one war over this very same interference….will history repeat itself?

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    Reminds me of when they started ethics classes in business schools. There was a time when “ethics” were learned at home and in the community, there was no need to teach it as part of an educational program. Perhaps someday we’ll need classes such as “Civil Behavior” and “Advanced Civil Behavior”. Actually some schools could use that now.

  • TruthBeTold

    The monitor, Peter Zimroth, asked Manhattan Federal Judge Analisa Torres
    on Monday to approve the stack of new training materials that will be
    presented to the class of cadets graduating in June.

    How about issuing dvds of Sesame Street and Barney.

  • superlloyd

    ‘The slides emphasize that cops should not have an inherently confrontational relationship with average citizens.’ They don’t; It’s the below average bantus that seek and provoke confrontation such as resisting arrest and not obeying police instructions. They’re the ones that need to be taught with hard corporal punishments and boot camps for offenders.

  • Jason Lewis

    Make sure you stop and frisk just as many 80 year old white women as you do anyone else.

  • “Police officers tend to forget that most members of the community are good, law-abiding people who appreciate their presence and the positive influence police have on children and young people,” one slide reads.

    DARN! I burst out laughing, and spilled my coffee all over when I read that. Hey, uploader, you have to warn us readers not to be eating or drinking before we read certain things.

    BTW, the sentence starts out by saying “police officers often…” ummm, doesn’t that sound like stereotyping? I mean, how many officers? Based on what study? Or is it just “common knowledge” i.e. a generalization? But, of course, most blacks are good law abiding people who appreciate the work of the police? Really? You sure about that? That certainly is not what my impression is.

    • a1781054

      Stereotyping the police is fine. It’s all in the name of ending hate.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Stereotyping white people as unrepentenant, unreconstructed racists is fine. It’s all in the name of ending hate.

  • ricpic

    What this means is that cops, who become savvy with experience about suspicious behavior, will stop approaching and questioning suspicious characters (overwhelmingly black) for fear of being tagged RACISSS. Result: more innocents mugged, robbed, raped. The ruling class is determined to make America safe for black crime.

    • a1781054

      It seems like that lately. Actually, it’s getting harder and harder for me to tell who is benefiting from racial liberalism gone wild to the extent it has been lately.

      • Alexandra1973

        I think TPTB want a backlash. At risk of sounding like Charlie Manson here…they want a race war, then they’ll have their excuse to declare martial law, and to hear some people tell it, start sending people to Camp FEMA.

        • UncleSham

          How does the ruling class benefit from race war and FEMA camps? That would ruin the economy and the whole system that they are currently benefitting from, not to mention put their own safety at risk. What they want is for us to do nothing but continue the status quo.

  • Hammerheart

    Sounds about as mind numbing, out of touch, and worthless as all the sexual assault classes the military insists on. So many wasted hours that could’ve been spent training or with our families.

  • Poupon Marx

    This, among so many other issues, should never had been in the jurisdiction of the courts. It is strictly for the legislature to decide. The courts in the US are totally out of control, and the law schools are treasonous and subversive.

  • Light from the East

    That’s pretty hard to do when you are dealing them in their hoods.

  • John Smith

    This won’t survive contact with the streets for rookies and experienced officers will never buy it.

    • Lexonaut

      Perhaps we should refer to Zimroth as … wait for it … Rookie Monster.
      … …
      What’s that?
      … …
      Yes, I do know that was a bad joke. Wanna make something of it?

  • Lexonaut

    ““Avoid expressing stereotypical assumptions. ‘He’s Irish but I’ve never seen him drunk,’ ” reads another.”

    My father was English but that side of the family is from Manchester and half my genes are Irish. Therefore …

    Q: What’s the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish wake?
    A: One drunk.

    My father was an alcoholic. I quit drinking 25 years ago when I realized that I could not remember the previous evening. There is always more than a grain of truth to stereotypes.

  • groidle

    I’ve got some advice – stop policing black neighborhoods.

  • Hilis Hatki

    This applies only to white cops? Nonwhite cops will still treat whites with disdain. Whites are not a protected class and will have to endure generations of injustices to reach the enlighten level of the nonwhites.

  • Blackfish

    But less and less as market forces take over and areas like Brooklyn and Harlem are gentrified. Of course, the residents (those who drove property values down in the first place!) are screaming “Racism!”, as they are priced out of their longtime ‘hoods.

  • Blackfish

    This is asinine. Like a kid who grew up in the New York Metro area and wants to be a cop doesn’t already know where the bad parts of town are and who made them that way.

  • LS Wight

    Well, the ADL has been training US police forces for years. The double standard and lawlessness aught to clue you in. It’s nothing more than antiwhite critical theory designed to undermine authority and bring about racial chaos.
    ●Order from chaos
    -new world order

  • Pat Boyle

    Since Judaism isn’t a race I presume that the cops can still tell jokes with a mock Jewish accent.

    If I, as a cop, engage in a scholarly discussion of Ebonics have I transgressed? I see a lot of practical difficulties with these new rules.

  • newscomments70

    I could never join emergency services because of affirmative action. At this time, I’m glad. My live would be full of misery…incompetent, black racist “superiors”, frivolous lawsuits, and loss of pension when the city dies. Screw ’em. There’s nothing you can do for them. Use your own talents and interests to excel beyond your wildest dreams. Let the third world kill each other. If you want to police what’s left of our country, join a militia.

  • groidle

    How about a federal rule that blacks stop destroying all of our cities?

  • Rossbach

    “The slides emphasize that cops should not have an inherently confrontational relationship with average citizens.”

    What if 40% of the “average citizens” in the neighborhood are involved in criminal activities? What is the probability of avoiding confrontations. Of course, police could do what liberals would actually like: nothing.

  • Proposed Federal Rules for NYPD Training Include Cop 101 Advice Like ‘Don’t Be Racist’

    Stephen Rex Brown, NY Daily News, April 21, 2015

    NYPD recruits are about to get a crash course in the ABCs of policing.

    The federal monitor overseeing reforms to the NYPD wants the current class of Police Academy recruits to be taught groundbreaking new concepts like: Don’t be racist, don’t mock others, don’t tell sexist jokes and don’t hassle people for no reason.

    The monitor, Peter Zimroth, asked Manhattan Federal Judge Analisa Torres on Monday to approve the stack of new training materials that will be presented to the class of cadets graduating in June.

    He included in filings more than 75 PowerPoint slides that delve into the nitty-gritty of police work, detail constitutional stop-and-frisk practices–and give remedial directions that, it is hoped, the officers already know.

    “Do not imitate the speech patterns of others: This will appear disingenuous, artificial and possibly racist,” reads another.

    Hello. In the ’80s after graduating from the NYPD academy and completing six months of post academy field training I was assigned to a Rap Hip Hop influenced Brooklyn community. During the nearly twelve this community was my second home I was awarded a investigator’s gold shield.

    After about two years of providing uniform services I was assigned to the precinct’s plainclothes anti-crime unit where I was responsible for investigating violent street crimes and burglaries.

    Now that I was no longer responding to 911 calls and providing routine police services, in order to effectively investigate these types of community harming, anti-social acts, I had to become more involved by personally interacting with more people in the community.

    Riding around this mostly residential Brooklyn community I would see the same faces day after day hanging on the same corners or near the same bodegas. Obviously these are people who are aware of what is going on in the community, so it makes sense that a person charged with protecting the community would introduce himself to these people and try to learn more about them. After all that is my job, gathering intelligence that can be used to protect peaceful people in this community.

    Often these men and young teen boys, many who were already suffering from depression, became even more depressed when approached by police officers who asked questions they did not want to answer, and even more depressed by a police presence that prevented them from selling contraband to their neighbors, or selling items that were stolen from their peaceful neighbors who were at work when their homes and apartments were being burglarized by depressed adults, and unsupervised children in their teens.

    Spending day after day interacting with people who speak in a certain style, I found myself adopting that style of speech when interacting with people who speak in ‘urban’ dialect.

    Apparently this became a concern for some of my co-workers who admonished me this was not appropriate. My thinking was that not being in uniform, perhaps I could better relate to the people I was trying to learn from. Though I understood where my colleagues were coming from, in that uniform or not, I was still a professional cop with one personality, not a man with multiple personalities.

    Today I am learning that by imitating speech patterns, fed monitor Peter Zimroth believes I was being racist. I am not sure I totally agree with Mr. Zimroth, though in the context of policing I will not disagree with him. There are situations when imitating another person’s speech pattern can be construed as, and is, disrespectful.

    There are also situations like this, where a person imitating other people’s speech patterns goes a whole lot deeper than a police officer imitating another person’s speech pattern.

    I am curious to know what Mr. Zimroth believes causes this young woman I met a few years ago to imitate other people’s speech patterns?
    ______

    The suburb where I live forces customers who hire cabs to share them with other passengers.

    One afternoon I get off a commuter train, go the taxi office where I am told what car to enter. I get into the cab’s back seat, noticing a young dark complected woman is sitting in the front seat. The young woman turns, smiles, says “Hello” and informs me the cabby will be right back, before returning to reading the magazine on her lap. Her casual manner gave me the impression this ride is a regular part of her world.

    A few minutes later our driver shows up with two other passengers who cram themselves into the back seat, with me stuck in the middle, sitting on the transmission hump.

    As we are leaving the station the young woman takes out her phone and makes a call, apparently leaving a message for a person who ran a ad offering an apartment for rent. Listening to her speak as she left this message it was apparent she was articulate and paid attention during English class. I like people who offer a friendly smile and are not wary about speaking to strangers, so silently I wished her luck in getting her new digs.

    After leaving the message she made another call, however, this call was remarkably different in that the diction and tone she used during the first call had disappeared, replaced with a diction and tone that I immediately recognized as being widely used in the mostly poor NYC community I served as a police officer for over a decade of my adult life.

    Apparently she called her mom, advising mom she left a message for a prospective landlord. They spoke for a minute or two before hanging up and she returned to reading her magazine.

    Me, I’m a friendly chap, I like talking to people I don’t know. Most often it amounts to nothing more than idle chat, on a few occasions it worked in my favor by meeting someone who has a service or product that I might be interested in, or an interesting life experience to share.

    For instance, one afternoon I am waiting for the deli man to complete my order when a man about my age comes to the counter and places an order. When he is done I look at him with a straight face and say, “So, you’re one of those people?”

    His expression turns to puzzled, perhaps even a bit annoyed as he asks, “What kind of people?”

    Now I smile replying, “You know, one of those people mom and dad raised to be a “Please and Thank you” person.

    His expression immediately changes, now both of us are smiling. We begin to chat, he mentions he owns a computer repair business down the block, hands me his business card telling to stop by if I need some work done, he’ll hook me up.

    Because of a silly little remark to a stranger, not only did I make a business contact, I made someone smile. Not a big deal in the scheme of things, but I like seeing people smile so this brief human interaction added to one of the many “little” positive experiences I had in my life.

    As our cab was heading for the college the young woman apparently attended, I asked myself if I should inquire about her phone conversations because I was interested in learning why she spoke near perfect English during her first phone call and spoke in another dialect during the call to her mom.

    After considering we already shared a smile and some pleasantries, I decided to ask, because I was real curious about her two apparent personalities.

    “Miss, do you mind if I ask a questions?”

    She turns to face me and replies, “Sure, what’s on your mind?”

    “During your first call you spoke perfect English, yet when you were speaking with your mom you spoke in a totally different fashion? What’s up with that?”

    She breaks out into a big toothy grin replying, “Sometimes you just got to know when to switch it up.”

    I replied, “Cool, thanks.”

    After she was dropped in front of her dormitory and we were driving away headed to the next destination, one of the other passengers said, “Do you believe that?”

    He seemed somewhat annoyed and I was not about to fuel a potential fire so I replied, “Yeah, I guess that’s just the way some people are.”

    Though I was thinking to myself, “Wow, I could not imagine going through life juggling multiple personalities depending on the people I was associating at the moment.”

    I have no training for knowing why people are they way they are, though it seemed fairly evident to me that some people are going through life confused, being dishonest with themselves, deceiving others about who they are because they have not figured out who they are, or because they believe they have to morph their personality to fit in with whomever they are interacting with at the time.

    I asked myself, why would this young college educated women not speak to her mother as if she is a college educated person?

    Did she feel her mom would think less of her if she spoke proper English during their conversations?

    What would her mom think if she heard the message her daughter left for the prospective landlord?

    Would mom approve or be disappointed hearing her daughter speaking to one person in one dialect and addressing her mother in a totally different dialect?

    What began as a short cab ride with strangers, ended with me asking questions I will never know the answer to.

    Hopefully this young woman found her first apartment and will someday nurture children who grow up speaking one language, the language that a majority of Americans use to grow and prosper.

    #protect-kids-from-irresponsible-caregivers