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EPPD Chief Allen statement on the Chico’s incident

News release late Thursday from EPPD Chief Greg Allen:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM EL PASO POLICE CHIEF GREG ALLEN REGARDING THE RECENT INCIDENT AT CHICO’S TACOS

This statement is to correct and clarify prior statements by various employees of the El Paso Police Department made to the media regarding the application of the law on public accommodation and discrimination to the events that occurred on or about June 29, 2009,at the Chico’s Tacos restaurant.

First and foremost, these prior statements were an incorrect recitation of the law. The current local law clearly states that it is within the responsibility of government, including its employees, to bring about through fair, orderly and lawful procedures, the opportunity of each person to obtain goods and services in all process of public accommodation without fear of discrimination.

The El Paso Police Department recognizes the negative impact that discrimination can have on a community. Thus, the police department is mandated to conduct itself with dignity, which means that all employees will be courteous and respectful in their official dealings with the public and that all employees will maintain an awareness of those laws, polices and other factors that affect their responsibilities.

I, therefore, require that all employees of the police department maintain a level of competence that keeps them abreast of the current laws and requirements of the law enforcement profession. Failure to maintain such will result in appropriate discipline.

I, therefore, require that all employees of the police department maintain a level of competence that keeps them abreast of the current laws and requirements of the law enforcement profession. Failure to maintain such will result in appropriate discipline.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 10, 2009 at 5:16 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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