Stewart Ferrin, the 25-year-old ex-university police officer who assaulted a college professor in Arizona, and has been on administrative leave since the May 2014 incident, has resigned.
In other words, this young man has been sitting around for almost a year waiting to return to his cop job. It just seems to me that Stewart Ferrin would have found another job considering the negative controversy surrounding his arrest of an African American woman college writing professor.
Not sure why the investigation took so long, but when it concluded in January 2015, it was determined Stewart Ferrin, would be fired.
Ferrin believes there’s some conspiracy to ruin his career. Actually the $2 million legal claim filed against Stewart Ferrin by the professor he stopped in the street, and asked for identification in the process, has been costly to the ex campus cop.
For the record, cops who don’t understand their culpability in a firing situation tend to get hired in backwoods police departments in Arkansas where the towns are small and community policing actually works for the safety of its small town neighbors, including the cops.
You have noticed that big city police department suffer police attacks against citizens, haven’t you?
Ferrin’s departure from the ASU campus is one of the very few success stories the nation has on the dismissal of abusive cops.
After Ferrin’s arrest of the college professor, requisite dash cams of cops in cities across the country, and cell phones that capture police wrongdoing, national news agencies have flooded its broadcasts and social media feeds with stories of unnecessary force, wrongdoing, abuse, and death of people at the hands of community police.
Some critics blame poor training on rogue officers, but honestly, it’s poor hiring. Police officer psychological exams aren’t simple. They test an applicant’s sexual behaviors and preferences, but do not test an applicant’s propensity for racial bias or hatred.
There have been studies on training, excessive force/deadly force that have calculated the likelihood of a person to shoot a black and unarmed person. But I don’t find studies on the likelihood that a psych exam concerned with a police cadet’s likelihood to demonstrate and act on white supremacist beliefs while on the job are part of a the paramilitary hiring process.
And let’s be clear: black people from across the Diaspora, Latinos, and Asians alike tend to be some of the greatest upholders and defenders of white supremacist beliefs and behaviors. Minorities who demonstrate demonstrate racial bias in pre-hire psychological evaluations shouldn’t be hired as police officers either.
Police officers are well paid government employees in most parts of the country. It only makes sense that this group, automatically launched into middle class by virtue of salary, be college degree holders. It only makes sense, particularly when they patrol areas populated by higher ed degree holders and college students because these are areas where middle class values run rampant and police are not treated as enemies, but civil servants with good intentions, and if nothing else, a rather undesirable job.
This country, its college students and employees can’t wait for police to be trained in race relations. Racist people with racist beliefs simply can’t be hired as upholders of the law.
There was a time when neighborhoods believed that the only way to end to drug wars was to let the drug dealers kill themselves off. It seems the nation believes the only way to end police violence is to wait for the racist leaders who benefit from hiring race thugs, to die off.
Training police officers to be racially sensitive is about as possible as training a pedophile not to molest and rape children.
Hiring managers need training to identify racially biased applicants so they can reject their applications. We can’t keep waiting for dash cams to demonstrate a police officer’s propensity for racially and sexually motivated bias, harassment and murder.
As long as hiring agencies are not interested in keeping racists and sexists out of their organizations, hiring agencies are inviting costly lawsuits their organizations and their cities’ governments.
No word on whether or not the assaulted ASU professor is withdrawing her $2 million dollar legal claim against the cop now that he’s resigned from her place of employment.