With practically every class, after class, after class of new police recruits coming up lily White you would think the FOP would be concerned about diversity and spearhead an effort to get more Blacks and women on the force. But instead they filed a grievance in contract negotiations in which three arbitrators, despite an 80 percent vote by the citizens of Pittsburgh against it, voted to allow city of Pittsburgh police officers to live outside of the city.
This was not a recommendation or a suggestion. They put it at the top or near the top of demands right up there with money, vacation and benefits. And it makes a huge, gigantic statement of what their priorities are and what they think of diversity in the work force.
Instead of being called the Fraternal Order of Police, they should change their name to For White Police Only, or better yet, the Fraternity of White Police.
Have we really made any progress in race relations when it comes to the police?