Elliot Hartmann-Russell: Police chief not in a position to complain

Published: 1/21/2021 11:10:06 AM

It was with a sense of satisfaction and wonderment that I read of the resignation of multiple officers from the Northampton Police Department (“Northampton chief: Commission’s police department report contains flaws,” Jan. 16)

Here are two reasons explaining this feeling: For one, it seems painfully clear to me that any officer holding a sincere regard or loyalty to the city would not abandon their commitment at the first sign of change or discomfort, or when faced with increased oversight. I say good riddance to fair-weather police who aren’t able to face higher standards of accountability and who aren’t ultimately invested in the well being of the city.

Second, I happened to be walking down Gothic Street after the Farmers Market on June 6, the day of the large Black Lives Matter protest. I watched in horror as busload after busload of armored policed arrived from neighboring cities, carrying all manner of weapons. On an aside, not one of these police was wearing a mask (talk about double standards).

I believe the NPD lost all credibility with the people of Northampton that day, and Chief Jody Kasper has no right to complain.

Elliot Hartmann-Russell


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