A NYPD sergeant says that his support for Colin Kaepernick is the reason why his promotion to lieutenant was blocked. Sgt. Edwin Raymond says that the reasons cited were not the real reason he was not promoted. Despite having scored No. 26 out of 1,325 sergeants on the lieutenants’ test, Raymond was not promoted due to questionable allegations stating that he didn’t handle two domestic violence complaints the right way.
Raymond, 33, told The News that, “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. 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, called this situation just another good example of the known double standards that constitutes the NYPD’s disciplinary system.
Mullins said, “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. If this doesn’t appear to be retaliation, then I don’t know what is.”
NYPD has declined to comment or respond to the allegations being made by Raymond, instead a senior police official said that investigations were ongoing regarding Raymond’s conduct in enforcing orders of protection.
The official said, “ The department takes domestic violence very seriously and is obligated to look at these incident.”
Raymond, who was featured in the August 24th documentary titled “Crime and Punishment,” said that “Quota-driven broken windows policing causes more collateral damage — arrests and summonses for their own sake.” He has been very outspoken about NYPD quotas.
The officers who filed a complaint, according to The News, stated that, “That a woman saw an ex-boyfriend and called 911. When the cops got there, they checked their phone and saw an order of protection, and Raymond let him go.”
However, Raymond has strongly objected their version calling it “nonsense.” His version according to Daily News states that, “what actually happened was that the man was sitting in his vehicle with his current girlfriend when the ex, who he has three kids with, walked by. She took a bat and broke his car mirror. He fled from the car and called 911. The enraged ex then ran into her mother’s building.”
After talking to the man who also didn’t want the mother to his kids arrested, he chose not to arrest him. He states that he made a judgment call, but the officers with him, “turned the woman into the victim.”
After the incident, the officers decided to go to Internal Affairs.
“These cops went thinking the numbers would give their claims more plausibility, and unfortunately the department is choosing to entertain this and use it as a dagger to end my promotion. They are not happy with me. I don’t enjoy having to speak out, but it’s historically what makes the department budge.”