NYPD Officer Says Support Of Colin Kaepernick Blocked His Promotion
"Me being aligned with him was seen as standing with the enemy.”
An NYPD cop is accusing the police force of blocking his promotion due to his support of Colin Kaepernick. According to the New York Daily News, Sgt. Edwin Raymond alleges to have been a shoe-in for the lieutenant position but was blocked because he backs Kaepernick's protest.
“It is unfortunate. I did a press conference in support of Colin Kaepernick, using his status to put a spotlight on issues in policing that need to be fixed,” Raymond said. “Because of the controversy a lot of cops criticized him. Me being aligned with him was seen as standing with the enemy.”
The president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association said Raymond's case is another example of double-standards in punishment.
“Decisions are made on the sly, and there are people who have pending charges and still get promoted, and others whose promotions are held back for reasons that are never explained,” Mullins said. “If this doesn’t appear to be retaliation, then I don’t know what is,” Ed Mullins said.
The NYPD has not commented on Raymond's accusations. However, a senior police official said they're looking into complaints against Raymond due to a September 2017 domestic violence incident he responded to.
The claim is that a woman called 911 after seeing her ex-boyfriend whom she has an order of protection against. When Raymond arrived, he let him go. Raymond says the woman saw her ex, with his new girlfriend and used a bat to break his car mirror. The ex then ran, and according to Raymond the woman then called 911. The man did not press charges stating "she’s the mother of my kids,” the man said. “The damage to my car won’t cost anything,” to which Raymond made a judgment call.
“They are not happy with me. I don’t enjoy having to speak out, but it’s historically what makes the department budge.”