Rochester, NY Police Lieutenant Mark Simmons Shot Suicidal Black 13-Year Old Multiple Times
By DAVY V.
"Black cop showing out for the white cop."
Ice Cube was spot on when he spit that line in N.W.A.'s 1988 classic "Fuck Tha Police."
And that's the first thing that came to my mind when four black Rochester, NY Police officers sat down with Rochester, NY's ABC affiliate 13WHAM News to share their views on race relations in my hometown.
Alexis Arnold, a reporter for 13WHAM News recently interviewed Rochester, NY Police Captain Gary Moxley, Lieutenant LaRon Singletary, Lieutenant Henry Favor, and Lieutenant Mark Simmons.
(I'll get back to Lt. Simmons in a bit)
In the interview, which was actually more of a public relations spin piece, since Alexis Arnold failed to ask any of the officers any real, hard hitting questions, three out of the four RPD officers shared their thoughts on why they chose to become police officers.
"From a very young age, I just had a desire," Rochester, NY Police Lt. Ron Singletary said.
"My grandfather used to say I'd sit on the couch with my feet dangling watching Cops and I'd say, 'That's what I want to do."
Rochester, NY Police Lieutenant Ron Singletary
For RPD Lieutenant Henry Favor, it was a visit by officer friendly who came to his school.