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Calls from community grows to fire any LAPD officer who may be involved in George Floyd social media post
“Retired LAPD Sergeant, Cheryl Dorsey, also believes anyone involved should be fired.
“I’m bothered, not just on a human level. You’ve heard the term, ‘Don’t kick a man when he’s down,’ imagine LAPD officers kicking a man when he’s dead. George Floyd is not here. He can’t defend himself. He has a family,” she said.
Dorsey said it does not come as a surprise to her.
“It’s not a surprise to me at all. This is not an anomaly. This is not an aberration. We know this to be true when you look at the history of the Los Angeles Police Department and how they deal with black folks. What is surprising is that we have a Vice President on the Police Protective League who’s a black woman, Jerreta Sandoz, and I wonder how does she feel about that? We don’t see her speaking out on this or any other issues that are troubling,” she said.
While this may very well be one officer, it was seen by many. I’m sure it was commented on by many. LAPD is not unique in that we have a social media presence, Instagram presence, Facebook presence where officers speak freely and openly about their true heart, their true intent. I bet if we could see their personnel record, we’d find that there are plenty of instances of them being excessive, aggressive, overzealous, disrespectful, treating black people without dignity time and time again and because that bad behavior is minimized and mitigated, they live to offend again and that is why they felt so comfortable creating some kind of Valentine about a man who’s dead,” she said.”
As a social justice advocate and law enforcement expert, Sgt. Dorsey spoke before the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety regarding AB392. Sgt. Dorsey’s participation, in part, led to Governor Newsom signing into law on August 19, 2019, California Assembly Bill 392, a police use-of-force bill that redefines the circumstances under which the use of lethal force by a peace officer is considered justifiable.
For over two decades, Retired Los Angeles Police Department(LAPD) Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey worked exclusively in patrol and specialized units in all four Bureaus within the City of Los Angeles; South, Central, West and Valley. In addition to various patrol division assignments, Sgt. Dorsey was assigned to the infamous gang unit in Operations South Bureau; known as Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (C.R.A.S.H.) under the command of Police Chief Daryl F. Gates
From an LAPD insider’s perspective, Sgt. Dorsey candidly discusses police culture, policy, and training as well as exposing disparities that disproportionately affect minority communities throughout the nation. As a police professional, Sgt. Dorsey introduces strategies on how to systematically attack those injustices, educate and empower listeners on how to navigate within that system, when necessary, and help change that system, when possible. The goal being for everyone to make it home safe!
An acclaimed speaker and author, Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey has written an autobiography, Black and Blue, The Creation Of A Social Advocate, (available on amazon.com) which provides an unfiltered look into the LAPD during her tenure. She provides insight and techniques to de-escalate tensions during police encounters with a level of credibility that is effective, relevant and irrefutable.
Sgt. Dorsey is a highly sought police expert on significant criminal justice issues and has been a frequent commentator on CNN, BBC News, Fox News, CNN International. Russian Television Station Ntv, Newzroom South Afrika, and Brazilian TVGlobo; – HLNTV with Dr. Drew, Nancy Grace, True Crime and The Daily Share; Inside Edition, MSNBC; NowThis News, TMZ as well as KPCC Radio with “Air Talk”, “Take Two”; Democracy Now, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and KABC Talk Radio with Dr. Drew. Sgt. Dorsey has been seen on networks such as Court TV, Investigation Discovery, Law and Crime ,BET, Oxygen, Oprah Winfrey (OWN) as well as appearing on the TD Jakes Show; Tavis Smiley Show, Dr. Phil Show ad Dr. Drew.
Sgt Dorsey has been a featured at Philadelphia;s “Ideas We Shoud Steal Festival 2020”, as a panelist at Purdue University’s “Pursing Racial Justice” Learning Series [Dec 2020]; technical consultant on Fox Network’s TV Series “9-1-1”, and police expert on “Chaos in Court”, “Corrupt Crimes”, “It Takes A Killer”, “Motive to Murder” and “Dead Files”.
Former contributing columnist for OZY, LA Progressive, EURWeb, Wave Newspaper and Huffington Post.
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