There has still been no action by the city council on the incident that took place on April 10. In my letter to The Daily Sentinel on May 22, I discussed that incident, when a group of black university students, happily leaving a pool party, were accosted by a white off-duty police officer who lost control and ended up throwing two young women to the ground.
A friend of mine made a telling comment regarding this incident: what would have happened if a black police officer had come across a group of young white women and had thrown two of them to the ground? In Nacogdoches this is still a rhetorical question, we know that the black officer would have been the one blamed.
I was disappointed to see that the agenda for the next city council meeting does not include any discussion of the independent investigation that the mayor and city manager promised, of a new citizens review board, or of improved training for the police. Instead there is only a discussion, in executive session, of the anticipated litigation resulting from this incident. This is a bureaucratic response designed to protect the council but not to address the underlying issues.
Our city council must remember that it is their duty — as well as the duty of the police — to serve and protect everyone in Nacogdoches.