A New York Police Department sergeant said that he was refused a promotion because he was a vocal supporter of former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick.
What are the details?
Sgt. Edwin Raymond was reportedly passed over promotion to lieutenant on Friday because he supported Kaepernick, according to the New York Daily News.
Raymond, who reportedly scored 26 out of 1,325 sergeants on the lieutenant test, was allegedly supposed to be promoted — except he wasn't, and though his superiors didn't outright say that it was because of Kaepernick, Raymond believes it was.
The 33-year-old officer was reportedly the subject of allegations filed by other officers that questioned his handling of two domestic violence-related complaints.
“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,” Raymond told the outlet. “Because of the controversy a lot of cops criticized him. Me being aligned with him was seen as standing with the enemy.”
A spokesperson for the NYPD declined to comment on Raymond's allegations, but a senior official confirmed that the department had received complaints involving the way Raymond reportedly handled the enforcement of protective orders.
“The department takes domestic violence very seriously and is obligated to look at these incidents,” the unnamed senior official said.
What was one of the allegations?
The outlet reported that one such allegation included a September 2017 incident in which a woman reportedly called authorities after reportedly encountering an ex-boyfriend who she had a protective order against.
When officers — including Raymond — arrived at the scene, Raymond let the man go, despite seeing the protective order.
Raymond said that wasn't the case, and accused the woman of hitting her ex-boyfriend's car while he was in it with a new girlfriend. Raymond also said that it was the ex-boyfriend who called the police, and that the boyfriend requested that the officers refrain from arresting his ex-girlfriend when they arrived.
The other officers then argued that the ex-boyfriend had about 20 previous arrests, as well as a protective order against the ex-girlfriend, and said that he should be arrested at the ex-girlfriend's request.
Raymond still didn't believe there was a reason to arrest the man.
"I said, 'That doesn't change today's circumstances.' It was nonsense. [The cops] completely manipulated the situation ... they turned the woman into the victim," he explained.
He added that the other officers involved in the incident reported him 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,” Raymond explained.
He added, “They are not happy with me. I don’t enjoy having to speak out, but it’s historically what makes the department budge.”