By Wyatt Earp | September 3, 2010
In a typical jump-the-gun measure, Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw (who is white) transferred the department spokesperson (also white) for suggesting that a series of area brawls were racially motivated. Oh, did I say she was suggesting the fights were racially motivated. I meant that she was quoting the responding supervisor’s report.
Either way, Sgt. Lori Lavorato was reassigned for her politically incorrect sin. Nice, huh?
Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw reassigned her department’s spokeswoman Thursday, two weeks after Sgt. Lori Lavorato said it was “very possible” fights near the Iowa State Fairgrounds had racial overtones.
Bradshaw, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, raised concerns about statements Lavorato made after a series of fights outside the fairgrounds last month. A supplemental report about the Aug. 20 incident filed by Sgt. Dave Murillo said, “On-duty officers at the fairgrounds advise there was a group of 30 to 40 individuals roaming the fairgrounds openly calling it ‘beat whitey night.’”
Sgt. Lavorato simply quoted the report filed by Sgt. Murillo. Unfortunately, Sgt. Murillo didn’t get the memo stating that African-Americans cannot be criticized or shown in a bad light.
While answering questions from the news media three days later, Lavorato said, “It’s all under investigation, but it’s very possible it has racial overtones.”
Police commanders later said they found no credible evidence the fights were racially motivated.
“Credible evidence?” What does that mean? And how hard did they pursue that angle? The Des Moines P.D., like most police departments in this country, is run by politically-correct individuals. They would be especially wary of declaring a crime racially motivated when the offenders are African-American.
That being said, if the attacks were not racially motivated, why transfer the woman? She offered an informed opinion based upon the available police report.
“I had some real concerns with us making that leap and making a remark like that publicly,” Bradshaw told The Des Moines Register in an Aug. 26 interview. “That’s a huge statement that, quite frankly, can provoke emotions on both sides of the issue.
So if you follow her twisted logic, Bradshaw has no problem making that leap in the privacy of police headquarters, as long as no one repeats it in front of others. Isn’t that just the height of hypocrisy?
In my opinion, what Bradshaw is really saying here is that her department will not offer an opinion on a race-related issue unless whites are the alleged offenders. I’d have more respect for the woman if she just came out and said that, instead of disciplining an officer for not being politically correct enough.