Last Modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:04 PM
Lake Charles city officials said a public hearing to allow residents to discuss hiring issues at the city’s fire and police departments has been canceled.
Mayor Randy Roach released a statement Monday saying that the U.S. Justice Department representative who was coming to Lake Charles has to reschedule the meeting. A meeting was set for Wednesday morning at the Civic Center.
Cities across the state have held similar hearings — facilitated by the federal government — in an effort to garner comments and information to help determine if municipalities are following a consent decree that was established in 1980.
Federal officials want to make sure more than a dozen Louisiana city governments are not discriminating against blacks and women when hiring at fire and police departments.
Posted By: James Miles On: 7/10/2012
Title: As a black man I am saying....DO NOT TAKE US FOR SMALL MINDED
I wish they would not have cancelled, I would have loved to attend that meeting. I would absolutely remain professional and courteous and all that, but you could rest assure they would have felt like they barked up the wrong tree here. This is absolutely political, where was this initiative when Obama still had 3 or even almost a full 4yrs left in office, why now at election time, it seems thats when they always want to pretend to care, well you will not be my pawn and pull on my chain and use my city as apart of your reelection plot. It's one thing when you know it's genuine, but it's another when you are trying clearly just trying to rattle up the enthusiasm from blacks and women at election time in a known red state. As a black man Mr. President I don't appreciate being toyed with for your job security. I don't think there is a problem here but ok, great for checking on things, but really now? All of a sudden at election time. Please DO NOT patronize us it is inadvertantly demeaning as if we are small minded. I feel like it's throw the dog a bone and get him all excited about you at such a convenient time.
Posted By: Mac On: 7/10/2012
Title: Are you kidding?
Are you kidding? A member of the U.S. Justice Department is coming to the Lake Charles area "in an effort to garner comments and information to help determine if municipalities are following a consent decree that was established in 1980"? To "make sure more than a dozen Louisiana city governments are not discriminating against blacks and women when hiring at fire and police departments?"
Is this some sort of political gimmick? The U.S. Government; moreover the Justice Department, whose own leader is in the middle of one of the largest cover-ups in history, is going to determine if there are discrimatory issues in the hiring practices of fire and police departments?
And what are they going to do if there is? Oh wait; they're going to tell the city and state what to do in order to fix the problem, right? Well here's a piece of advice for their endeavor. FIX WHAT'S BROKEN IN THE GOVERNMENT (i.e. clean your own house first) BEFORE YOU TRY AND ANALYZE AND FIX WHAT'S NOT BROKEN HERE!
And to close, STOP using the minority trump card (e.g. blacks and women) in order to swindle your way into the business of city and state governments. How about the Justice Department using the man-power and man-hours they would waiste here to instead resolve the problems surrounding illegal immingration, or hunting down and capturing those who murdered a Federal Agent as part of Fast and Furious!
Again, ARE YOU KIDDING?!?