A Seattle police officer, writing in his union newspaper, disparages the anti-bias training city employees are required to take, and calls city leaders a “quaint socialist cabal,” reports the Seattle Times. Under the headline, “Just Shut Up and Be a Good Little Socialist,” officer Steve Pomper calls the city's 5-year-old Race and Social Justice Initiative an attack on American values and calls its supporters “the enemy.”
He expresses contempt for a “Perspectives in Profiling” class that department members were required to take last year to raise awareness about racial profiling, and he questions at what point he and other officers should say “Hell no!” to the city's attempts to “indoctrinate SPD in social justice culture.” The column is renewing concerns about the culture of the police department and officers' willingness to address racial bias. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said the officer's apparent hostility to the city's anti-bias efforts adds to public concerns over a series of highly publicized incidents in which officers are accused of using excessive force against minorities. “The question is a serious one. How widely or deeply held are these views? How do we make sure that anyone in city government reflects the values of not discriminating against people? Even one officer holding these views is not appropriate,” McGinn said.