Thomas Russo, former Montclair Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, published “From Street Kid to Top Cop” in 2004.
As a retired law enforcement executive and presently a professional consultant in matters of Police Policy and Procedures, I cannot remain silent in two recent media cases involving the infamous “Choke Hold Case in New York City” , and the recent “EXECUTION” of two Essex County teenagers —
Cheyanne Bond, 17, a innocent, beautiful, intelligent Irvington Cheerleader and Brendan Tevlin, 19, a handsome, promising graduate of Seaton Hall Prep.
In the New York City case, The Rev. Al Sharpton while sitting next to the Mayor of New York City, remarked “New York Police are trained to use choke holds on blacks,” I find Sharpton’s remark inflammatory irresponsible and reprehensible. As a consultant, I have learned you don’t come to any conclusions until all of the facts are examined and analyzed. Sharpton should thank God that in this country he is entitled to his opinion under the protection of his First Amendment Rights This case was a tragic event for both the family of the deceased and the police officers involved. As a professional Law Enforcement Executive, I have complete confidence in the judicial system of the United States of America that justice will be served.
In the case of “Cheyanne & Brendan” I have not heard a peep from the Rev. Sharpton. What type of animal makes a 17-year-old girl get on her knees, stand behind her and shoots her in the head? In Brendan’s case he was savagely shot eight times in and around the head for no reason other then to rob him, then dumped onto the passenger’s side of the vehicle left to die.
Mr. Sharpton this is not about race. Cheyanne was black, and Brendan was white. This is about the senseless killing of two vibrant young people. The four men responsible for these brutal murders must be dealt with swiftly and sternly to the fullest extent regarding appropriate punishment as provided by existing laws.