A Black NYPD sergeant said his promotion to lieutenant was blocked on Friday because of his support of Colin Kaepernick and the former quarterback’s continued protests against police brutality, according to the Daily News.
Sgt. Edwin Raymond did well on the lieutenant’s test (he scored No. 26 of 1,325 sergeants) and was due to be promoted, he alleges that other officers filed allegations against him over how he handled two domestic violence complaints.
“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,” he told the Daily News. “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, Ed Mullins, said that Raymond’s case shows that there’s a double standard in the NYPD’s disciplinary system, per the News.
“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,” said Mullins. “If this doesn’t appear to be retaliation, then I don’t know what is.”
Raymond’s case is being investigated by former federal prosecutors and a federal judge.
A law enforcement official told the Daily News that the department received the complaints and are looking into the matter.
“The department takes domestic violence very seriously and is obligated to look at these incidents,” the official said.
According to the Daily News, Raymond has called out the NYPD for reaching quotas does more harm than good.
“Quota-driven broken windows policing causes more collateral damage — arrests and summonses for their own sake,” he said. “It doesn’t affect crime.”