““I think we have an issue with a culture that sometimes believes we’re above the law,” Taylor said. “There’s definitely racism within our police department.” <br><br> Appearing on The Jaco Report, Taylor said she often fears for her personal safety on the job when she was asked “When you say you go out on a scene and you’ve got a target on your back, you’re not referring to the bad guys gunning for you, are you? You’re referring to your fellow officers?” <br><br>Without missing a beat, Taylor said emphatically, “At times, yes. At times, yes. <br><br>Taylor also criticized Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards for taking credit for turning in several officers accused of misconduct to prosecutors. She said it was the Ethical Society of Police, not Edwards, who has dug into past internal affairs reports and brought them to officials’ attention. Last week on The Jaco Report, Edwards said that he was the one who had brought those misconduct allegations to prosecutor’s attention. <br><br>Taylor also criticized several top commanders in the city police department, without naming them, for helping maintain a culture of misbehavior and racism. She praised Police Chief John Hayden for, in her words, “rooting out the problem.” “<br><br>Imagine if Chief Hayden did the same for black citizens… when it comes to black officers, he understands the culture of racism. When it comes to black citizens its the shame and blame game.

"“I think we have an issue with a culture that sometimes believes we’re above the law,” Taylor said. “There’s definitely racism within our police department.”

Appearing on The Jaco Report, Taylor said she often fears for her personal safety on the job when she was asked “When you say you go out on a scene and you’ve got a target on your back, you’re not referring to the bad guys gunning for you, are you? You’re referring to your fellow officers?”

Without missing a beat, Taylor said emphatically, “At times, yes. At times, yes.

Taylor also criticized Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards for taking credit for turning in several officers accused of misconduct to prosecutors. She said it was the Ethical Society of Police, not Edwards, who has dug into past internal affairs reports and brought them to officials’ attention. Last week on The Jaco Report, Edwards said that he was the one who had brought those misconduct allegations to prosecutor’s attention.

Taylor also criticized several top commanders in the city police department, without naming them, for helping maintain a culture of misbehavior and racism. She praised Police Chief John Hayden for, in her words, “rooting out the problem.” "

Imagine if Chief Hayden did the same for black citizens... when it comes to black officers, he understands the culture of racism. When it comes to black citizens its the shame and blame game.

Leader of Ethical Society of Police says ‘definitely racism’ in force | MetroSTL.com

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