Harold Thomas, a black former detective now suing the department for which he worked nearly 30 years, says he used to tell NYPD cadets he’s more scared of them than of criminals.
A number of black NYPD officers say they have experienced the same racial profiling that cost Eric Garner his life. Garner, a 43-year-old black man suspected of illegally peddling loose cigarettes, died in July after a white officer put him in a chokehold.
His death, and that of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked a slew of nationwide protests against police tactics. What’s emerging now is that, within the thin blue line of the NYPD, there is another divide – between black and white officers.