We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help to cover it up).
Last October the OC Register published an article by Keegan Kyle (Racial disparity in Long Beach pot arrests, Oct. 3, 2013) looking at the high number of arrests involving marijuana made by the Long Beach Police Department. That same article presented crime data that showed that the department arrested Blacks at a much higher rate than any other race in the city.
Though they account for 13 percent of the city’s population, crime data show blacks were arrested in 44 percent of the Police Department’s pot cases.
The article went onto to note:
It’s unknown why Long Beach police logged such an unusual number of arrests – about 17,500 in total. Police said there has been no organized crackdown, and officers aren’t incentivized through a “quota.”
To which Deputy Police Chief David Hendricks replied, “that’s a myth. There isn’t really a focus on marijuana.”
Well that may or may not be true, but I’ll let you decide.
A January 29, 2014 email from U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Kent Koike to Long Beach Police Department’s Lieutenant Jeffrey Liberman indicated that the agency had its eye on a certain cruise ship that was scheduled for departure on January 31.
EMAIL FROM U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
TO THE LONG BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT
From: “KOIKE, KENT R” <KENT.R.KOIKE@CBP.DHS.GOV>
To: “Jeffrey Liberman/PD/CLB (Jeffrey.Liberman@longbeach.gov)” <Jeffrey.Liberman@longbeach.gov>,
Cc: “ENDOW, RAYMOND J” <RAYMOND.J.ENDOW@cbp.dhs.gov>
Date: 01/29/2014 01:30 PM
Subject: Carnival Inspiration Super Bowl Cruise on Friday, January 31, 2014
On Friday, January 31, 2014, the Carnival Inspiration will be leaving from the H-4 Cruise terminal. Typically, the “Super Bowl” cruise has a lot of interesting individuals on board.
CBP will be conducting an outbound operation from approximately 1100 hours until the vessel sails.
Normally, when we find narcotics that do not meet the threshold for federal prosecution, we call LBPD to see if you are interested in making the arrest.
Would you like to participate this Friday in our operation?
Please feel free to call me on my cell (213) 798-XXXX if you would like more information or have any questions.
K. Rich Koike
Supervisory CBP Officer | Vessel Operations | Los Angeles-Long Beach Seaport |
Now you may be wondering who are the “interesting individuals” that Officer Koike was referring to. Well I’ll tell you. They’re African-Americans.
It’s no secret that the Carnival Inspiration Super Bowl Cruise attendees happen to be predominately African-American. It is an annual event that has grown in size and popularity.
And while kilos of cocaine and God only knows what else are being snuck into this country through our ports, Officer Koike along with Customs and Border Protection seemingly choose to focus their energy on the harassment of African-Americans. A party cruise that is not cheap and mostly attended by working people who use the event as a little mini-vacation and a chance to celebrate an American pastime, football and the Super Bowl.
Now keep in mind, this is an operation that Officer Koike has pretty much already admitted in his email won’t bear the fruit worthy of Federal prosecution, hence his reaching out to the Long Beach Police Department.
Normally, when we find narcotics that do not meet the threshold for federal prosecution, we call LBPD to see if you are interested in making the arrest.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Kent Koike
Now, let’s move onto to the Long Beach Police Department and Lt. Liberman’s response to Officer Koike’s email .
FORWARDED EMAIL FROM U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
TO OTHER LONG BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS
—–Jeffrey Liberman/PD/CLB wrote: —–
To: Greg Eldridge/PD/CLB@CLB
From: Jeffrey Liberman/PD/CLB
Date: 01/29/2014 02:57PM
Cc: Alex Avila/PD/CLB@CLB, Richard Rocchi/PD/CLB@CLB
Subject: Fw: Carnival Inspiration Super Bowl Cruise on Friday, January 31, 2014
FYI….There is a probability that your in custody load is going to be higher on Monday. CBP is planning a surge operation screening outbound passengers for the Cruise ship. The Super Bowl revelers will have extra dope we’re sure. We (PPD) aren’t going to support the operation due to staffing constraints, but there will likely be an increased number of calls for service generated for Patrol to take custody of the ner-do-wells.
Where to start.
First, Lt. Liberman is obviously in the wrong line of work. If this man can predict on Wednesday, January 29 that on Monday, February 3 there are going to be a lot of people in the jail, we don’t need him in Long Beach. No, we need to send this man overseas to Iraq and Eastern Ukraine to help give us the edge in predicting what ISIS and Russian President Vladimir Putin are planning. Why in the world are we wasting this man’s talents on pesky domestic issues like the racial profiling of Blacks?
The Super Bowl revelers will have extra dope we’re sure.—Long Beach Police Department’s Lieutenant Jeffrey Liberman
Who uses the word dope to describe drugs anymore in 2014? But I digressed.
The question you need to be asking yourself is how Lt. Liberman knows “for sure” that attendees of the Carnival Inspiration’s Super Bowl Cruise will have drugs. Were these drugs pre-planted on patrons? Or is Liberman partaking in that age-old tradition of racial profiling?
Then there’s the issue of the use of the word “ner-do-wells.”
I’ve already explained to you that most of the attendees on the cruise were African-American. The word “ner-do-wells” has historically been used in this country to describe Blacks as being lazy, criminals, underperforming and as never doing well.
Going back to that OC Register article, the Long Beach Police Department emphatically denied any wrongdoing as it related to Blacks and the high arrests related to marijuana.
Hendricks said the department is “committed to maintaining a positive working relationship with our diverse community” and officers are focused on illegal activity, not an individual’s race.
Well I think the two emails above prove that just isn’t the case. The department is focused on individual’s race. And as indicated earlier, can and will work in cahoots with their sister agencies to continue the harassment and racial profiling of African-Americans.
I don’t believe for one minute that Officer Koike sent that email to the Long Beach Police Department hoping that someone might be interested in joining his planned operation. I believe as does my sources that this is part of a pattern of behavior within the Long Beach Police Department as it relates to Blacks.
To date, I’m told that even though a complaint about this email exchange was made, the department has yet to investigate it and it’s already September.
Which brings me to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who is running for Los Angeles County Sheriff.
McDonnell’s relationship with the handful of Black officers in the department is not that great from what I’m told. According to my sources, the last African-American officer to make it off of probation and through training was in 2007. This officer was later fired after they filed a discrimination complaint against multiple supervisors.
McDonnell has only been the Chief in Long Beach for four years but he’s been there long enough to know something ain’t right. It’s very telling that the complaint regarding this email was not investigated or taken seriously by the Long Beach Police Department or the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
I’ll add that I know some stand up cops in SoCal of all races and none of them would ever engage in or cover up this kind of behavior for their department. It’s this kind of stuff that makes their jobs harder and fuels the distrust of the public towards police officers.
For all of my Carnival Inspiration Super Bowl Cruise goers you might want to keep all of this in mind as you make plans for the 2015 cruise. They’re watching you that’s for sure.
According to the OC Register, the Long Beach Police Department reported making 549 felony and misdemeanor marijuana arrests in the past two years. About 46 percent of these arrests were of Blacks. Now we have an idea of why.
If none of the “civil rights” leaders and activists have anything to say about this, including the ones quoted in the OC Register’s article, I’d like to move that we designate and or nominate some new ones.
If you or someone you know was on the 2014 cruise and was questioned, detained, or arrested during Operation Dope Cruise, please by all means contact me. I’d love to hear your story.