Look, I never heard of Kerr Putney before Tuesday, September 20th and I know nothing about him other than he is a Black American police chief of an agency in the Carolinas. But just seeing and listening to him during a televised interview today says so much. Clearly, he displays the poise of a college educated man. There is no doubt he’s written a few graduate papers on policing. I also bet he’s been to every top executive-level police leadership seminar in the country. As well, his demeanor suggests he’s checked all the standard “chief of police boxes” and probably rose through the ranks of the agency (patrol, SWAT, investigations, commander, etc.) picking up all the required policing skills for this position. Hell, I bet he was on the fast-track to become the next President of NOBLE and maybe the next superintendent of NYPD or Chicago PD. Well, that’s all over now over. You see, a lesson block they don’t teach at the UNC campus or the FBI’s National Law Enforcement Executive Institute is the what, where, when, why, and how Black American police chief should use their Blackness to save the policing culture.
Black In Blue is the brainchild of Tony Gaskew, Ph.D., who is a former major crimes police-detective & drug task force agent, and current associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh (Bradford). He is also the founding director of the nationally recognized UPB Prison Education Program.
Black In Blue is a shared space where anyone can make their voices heard on the issues of crime, justice, and race in America, where anyone can openly discuss the triads of culpability of crime in America, and where anyone can better understand the impact of the criminal justice system on the Black American experience.