The Lockport, New York police department is coming under fire after a mug shot was released detailing the suspect as a "dark negro."
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00:02 Rockport police gave us this mug shot this is nineteen
00:05 year old shoe near Al -- He's a suspect in several
00:09 shootings in the city. We look further on the mug shot
00:12 and found next in line labeled complexion. That Allen is listed
00:16 as a negro. Next to negro it reads DA. According to
00:20 Laporte police this means dark. Social -- Allen a nineteen year
00:25 old suspect is listed as a dark negro in the Laporte
00:29 police database. We do so -- in the something that happened.
00:35 Me me yours. -- act and there is to this --
00:40 today as a negro and I think it's certainly. Itself to
00:44 be described in terms of black dark. You grow. The word
00:50 negro was used mostly in the slave days and according to
00:53 joy -- is rarely if ever used in modern day conversation.
00:57 We questioned Laporte police chief Larry Edgar. About the department's usage
01:01 of the word. He's been with the department 34 years for
01:05 the past six years he's led the department. Why -- police
01:09 officers within the lot port police department using terms such as
01:14 dark and light negro. To describe. Black suspects. Why are they
01:19 doing. Because of their upcoming. Armed police officers aware that that
01:24 type of terminology. Can be offensive. To blacks. I didn't know
01:30 until I -- You just now. I don't ever use that
01:34 term but. I didn't think it was an offensive term regardless
01:38 -- referring to a specific type of computer software that officers
01:41 used to list the complexion of suspects. When officers go to
01:45 the complexion camp there about twelve options to choose from. And
01:49 among them descriptions such as light medium and dark are listed
01:54 in addition to -- negro in dark negro. I think that's
01:58 about what this kind of -- -- -- -- that tablet
02:02 war. They -- to see things have changed. We're living in
02:06 time more what -- police. -- disagree that it's just it's
02:11 this is a program this twenty some years old has been
02:14 updated is our fault or shirts but we're certain time. We're
02:18 very sensitive to. All the issues in our community including racial.
02:22 Issues and I want to know that is an area. In
02:26 the reports. That it is not that comfortable with the attitude
02:31 in -- least an hour. Or or two distinguished scholar. --
02:37 the tires that we -- who's the -- with today. It's
02:41 gonna be removed and will we won't use it again because
02:44 now we know that there are people in the community and
02:47 significant number of people apparently who are offended by this work.
02:50 And chief Larry editor says some not all of his officers
02:54 used the terms light in dark negro. Editor says negro will
02:58 be removed from the department's database to -- if not later
03:01 this week. While four police say they'll do some diversity training
03:05 in the next couple of weeks to explain to officers while
03:08 the word negro is not acceptable to use in the future.
03:11 Also expects along with their race will be listed with the
03:15 light medium or dark complexion.