Bryant: Sykes should offer reimbursement, true apology for ‘profiling’ investigationWritten by Guest Author | | GuestAuthor@toledofreepress.com
“Racial profiling” hasn’t been an issue in Toledo for years, but “racial bigotry” still seems to be thriving!
Toledo City Councilman Larry Sykes was stopped by the Toledo Police Department on April 24, only because his vehicle displayed several obvious discrepancies. Nothing more, nothing less!
Mr. Sykes’ vehicle carried no front license plate. It had a rear license plate that was unreadable because of a dirty, plastic ”masking-cover” and an inoperative license plate light. His vehicle also has heavily-tinted windows throughout, including those on both sides of the driver’s compartment. All of which are infractions of state vehicle codes and none of which can be considered as being addressed to either blacks or whites or Latinos or any other ethnicity!
Had it been anyone else who was stopped, he or she would probably have been been issued more than one “notice to repair” citations. But, it was Mr. Sykes — Councilman Sykes — that was stopped.
After a few questions and answers, Mr. Sykes was allowed to go on his merry way, with a handshake and not a single warning or citation.
But the story didn’t end there!
Mr. Sykes then had the audacity, to write letters to the mayor and police chief, claiming that the only reason he had been stopped was that he was “profiled” for driving while black (although he didn’t specify “racial,” by his own words racial profiling was insinuated). Because of his public office, those letters amounted to a “major complaint,” requiring a thorough police department internal affairs investigation.
After his complaint was thoroughly investigated and learned to be “unfounded,” Mr. Sykes did little more than offer a lame, politician-style apology (with full media coverage).
Mr. Sykes should, at the very least, be required to pay the total manpower costs involved in completing the investigation necessitated by his totally ”unfounded,” false statements. Better yet, he should resign his City Council position first and then pay the costs associated with investigating his “unfounded” complaint. He should also offer a personal, face-to-face apology to the officers that initiated the stop and who were then investigated for “profiling” because of his actions.
Dennis Bryant can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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