Statement from Elouise Maxey, Branch President, Northern Dutchess NAACP

October 31, 2019

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories.” However, my memories are refreshed after every phone call I receive that alleges police misconduct by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. They were refreshed once again by what I read in Tuesday’s newspaper article.

After the March 11th incident involving the two young sisters and the Police Department, I asked the Mayor and the Police Chief to implement special training on TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) – training in proper ways to interact with and apprehend children, the elderly, and the mentally handicapped. I also asked them to hire a youth officer, one who is trained to deal with youth. It is my opinion that if a youth officer had been on duty on March 11th, the outcome would have been very different. Further, I asked that mandatory diversity and sensitivity training be conducted on an ongoing basis. To date, I have not heard about any progress in these matters.

The Police Department cannot police itself or investigate its own wrongdoings. Therefore, I am calling upon the New York State Attorney General to investigate the police practices and the alleged racial bias here in the City of Poughkeepsie.

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March 5, 2018

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Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson Speaks at NAACP Award Banquet

August 10, 2017

Secretary Johnson greets Eloise Maxey, president of the Northern Dutchess NAACP, as executive board member Fred Clarke looks on

Local luminary Jeh Johnson, the former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, was the keynote speaker at the 2017 annual banquet to benefit the Freedom Fund. He regaled the crowd with stories of his Poughkeepsie childhood, and how these experiences had prepared him for the challenges he would later face. His parents, whom he credited with informative life lessons that gave him the fortitude he would later realize were key ingredients in his success, were in attendance.