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After four of his police officers were charged by the federal government with discrimination against Latinos, Mayor Joseph Maturo of East Haven, Conn., was asked how he might respond to his Spanish-speaking citizens. “I might have tacos when I go home,” the mayor told New York television station WPIX. “I’m not quite sure yet.”
Even by the standards of bigotry, this remark was so flippant and offensive that the major apologized on Wednesday. “I let the stress of the situation get the best of me,” he said, in part of a prepared statement. “I regret my insensitive comment.”
Whereas the East Haven case is an example of what the Justice Department called “bullies with badges,” a more sinister, but less focused kind of bias may have contaminated a larger police department in a larger city nearby.
That city is New York, where police officials suddenly changed their explanation this week about an anti-Muslim propaganda film that was shown to police recruits during anti-terrorism training.
After first saying that the film was rarely shown and that Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly had little to do with it, the department suddenly changed its explanation and admitted, in Wednesday’s New York Times, that Kelly cooperated with the makers of the film and that it was shown to more than 1,400 officers during training in 2010.
“Commissioner Kelly told me today that the video was objectionable,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul. J. Browne, “and that he should not have agreed to the interview five years ago when I recommended it.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the paper that whoever authorized showing of the film “exercised some terrible judgment. I don’t know who. We’ll find out.”
Both cases speak to the larger issue facing many police departments, particularly those in diverse communities — the question of “Which side are you on?”
With the Occupy Wall Street movement protesting against wealth and debate raging about both immigration and terrorism, police departments are being increasingly scrutinized for their use of tools like pepper spray and their attitudes toward religious and ethnic minorities.
In the Connecticut case, the FBI charged that Latin Americans were systematically harassed by, in particular, a group of one sergeant and three officers who worked the 4 p.m. to midnight shift and were known as “Miller’s Boys.”
According to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, the group “ostracized, harassed and intimidated” fellow officers who objected to them. “At its core, this is an abuse of power case,” Perez said at a news conference when the charges were announced. “The officers … then added insult to injury by intimidating witnesses and creating a climate of fear.”
The Hartford Courant reported that Janice K. Fedarcyk — assistant director in charge of the New York office of the FBI — called the four police officers “a cancerous cadre that routinely deprived East Haven residents of their civil rights.”
One citizen drawing the ire of the police was a Roman Catholic priest who was arrested while videotaping the police interacting with citizens by a store. The video is available from two angles.
In New York, a different sort of video drew a different sort of attention. It is called “The Third Jihad,” and pieces of it are available on various websites.
The film, made late in the second term of President George W. Bush, has highly polished production values, its visual and audio elements edited with craftsmanship and purpose.
Shortly after showing the explosion of an atomic bomb, the movie uses quotations from a lengthy interview with Kelly. “Our nightmare scenario is a nuclear detonation,” Kelly tells the interviewer. Kelly warns that nuclear material from the old Soviet Union is not all accounted for and that 18 percent of prisoners in the state of New York practice Islam.
Much of the sound track of the film includes ominous music and sound effects that sound like groans. Some scenes show American flags in flames, and others show young boys with automatic weapons planning to become warriors and suicide bombers.
Many other officials and commentators are interviewed, including Mark Steyn, a talk show host who frequently substitutes for Rush Limbaugh. Among other warnings, Steyn says Muslims have more babies. “They do see the fertility rate as a key element of conquest,” Steyn said. Many interviewees refer to Shariah law, and several scenes show Christian crosses under attack.
Also among those interviewed is Rudy Giuliani, the mayor of New York during the 9/11 attacks.
Judged in its entirety, the film is sophisticated and polished. According to memos obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School through a Freedom of Information request, the film was shown on a continuous loop for between three months and a year.
Both the film and the alleged behavior of the Connecticut police suggest the paranoia, jingoism and xenophobia that blossomed in the aftermath of the attacks. Although not as overt since President Bush was replaced by President Obama in 2009, this mentality remains among the undercurrents of a restive public in a national election year.