The resignation of police officers in a Missouri town over “safety concerns” after the election of a black mayor raises questions on US law enforcers’ stance on public safety, Dante Barry, Deputy Director at Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, told RT.
Tyrus Byrd is the first black woman mayor elected in the tiny town of Parma, Missouri. Reportedly five out of the town’s six police employees quit even before the new mayor took office.
RT: 80 percent of the Parma police force, and a number of local officials resigned before the newly elected mayor took office. Why?
Dante Barry: [Those are] black resistance and protests matters. Today in St. Louis city we also just saw activists and organizers on the part of the organization Black Struggle claiming victory around the creation of a civilian oversight board. So the fact that 80 percent of this police department quit in response to the election of a black woman- mayor just demonstrates the power of organizing that has happened since August, 9, since Michaels Brown’s death. And protests continue to make waves across the country. It implicitly reveals the challenge that some might have currently with the change that people are filtering, want to come to hold the police accountable to the community that they are supposedly protecting and serving. When we look at this, it just reveals a little bit more of the implicit racism that communities like Ferguson are experiencing every single day.