Spokane Racism

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Walk a Mile in my Shoes — Everlast (Video)

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Spokane Police officer: “I have a job…to get these shit bags out of the park”

You may have read the Spokesman-Review article about the September 19, 2007 forum/chat with Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. The article referred to Carmen Jacoby, an outreach worker from the Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS).

I was present at the forum when Jacoby told of being on a “bridge walk” with WSU nursing students at the 4th and Monroe Bridge Park. She described how a Spokane Police officer showed up. Jacoby told Chief Kirkpatrick and the public how she attempted to ask the officer a question to which he responded, “Who are you?”

Jacoby answered the officer, at which point he told her, “I have a job to do. I have to get these shit bags out of the park“.

Offended by the officer’s remark, Jacoby asked the officer for his badge number. The officer then told her to move back or he would put her in the back of his patrol car.

The Spokesman-Review’s report on Jacoby’s statement to the Chief at the forum reads, “Jacoby said the officer used an obscenity to refer to the homeless”.

The obscenity used by the officer to refer to the homeless was “shit bags“.

Chief Kirkpatrick is known for promoting her “zero tolerance policy” on misconduct. Apparently it does not apply either to calling citizens “shit bags” (or “faggots” for that matter) nor does it extend to threatening to put community professionals in the back of your patrol car for asking for your badge number.

Would it be exaggerating to say that the Chief’s once impressive little PR line about “zero tolerance” and her other little ditty about “you lie, you die” are starting to sound a little hollow?

God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes, ’cause then you really might know what it’s like to sing the blues

Lyrics

For a complete version of “What it’s like”, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L–IXGV797Y

Written by Arroyoribera

February 11, 2008 at 7:14 am

Posted in Commentary, Poverty, Videos

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  1. Thank you. I was touched by the video and the lyrics. As an outreach worker working with the homeless population, I have come to beleive that people need to be educated about homelessness. Your video helps to do just that. Well done!
    Sincerely, Carmen

    Carmen Jacoby

    June 8, 2008 at 6:30 am

  2. The police need to take a good look at their lives and their futures. Those homeless people on the street could be them someday…..NO ONE IS ABOVE POVERTY….If anything they should should realize they are the shitbags not the homeless……

    Rhonda

    January 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm


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