Women’s Spaces Radio Show with guest Sgt.(Ret.) Cheryl Dorsey on the Need to Change Police Culture, broadcast via KBBF-FM 89.1 on 3/26/18, has been uploaded to the web archives.
Retired LAPD Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey on the Need for
Change in the Culture within Law Enforcement Agencies
1.Cheryl Dorsey , Author, Retired Sergeant, LAPD
1. Cheryl Dorsey shares her odyssey through the ranks of LAPD as a black woman beginning at the end of the 1970s at a time when women were first encouraged to join the police force amidst strong resentment by male officers in a traditionally all male force. She describes how supervisorial abuse abound especially due to bias of racism, sexism and reverse racism. She describes what she means by culture and the bond of officers who “have your back,” and the difficulty of accountability and transparency when reporting fails to happen for fear of retaliation at “breaking the bond”, forming what she called a Sheeple mentality. As a woman and single mom she avoided the after work social life of the male officers and this helped her not to be compromised in her conscience by the culture which presented so many obstacles to her. Cheryl honorably retired in 2000, but not without much disputing with the agency’s internal Board of Rights. Cheryl was proud to report that she never had to shoot a person, After a fellow officer went beserk after unfair treatment within the LAPD and took the lives of many innocent victims, Cheryl published her memoir Black & Blue: The Creation of a Manifesto in 2013. Sgt. Dorsey descibes what changes she sees necessary to lower the stress of officers to help prevent the horrific overreaction in confronting suspects, especially people of color. She encourages the agencies to hire more women and minorities, especially women for their natural nurturing attitude in confronting suspects, since she noticed male officers most often take it personal when a suspect resists arrest as a matter of male pride, heightening the tense situation with rage. This is a fascinating interview and not to be missed in light of the upcoming election for Sonoma County Sheriff, in which we for the first time in decades have more than one candidate to choose from. Maybe a change is coming?
About our Guest: Cheryl Dorsey is a Los Angeles native and began a career in law enforcement in 1978 with the State of California, Department of Justice. Cheryl later joined the Los Angeles Police Department where she worked in all four bureaus of operation; South, Central, West and Valley. During her tenure on the LAPD, she worked exclusively in patrol and specialized units such as traffic, vice and the infamous gang unit known as Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums(C.R.A.S.H.) She retired after 20 years of service. As an LAPD insider, Cheryl Dorsey has written an autobiography, The Creation of a Manifesto, Black & Blue, which pulls the covers off the LAPD and provides an unfiltered look into the department’s internal processes along with offering suggestions of how to improve the culture. Cheryl is a much sought after police expert on important issues making national headlines; as such she has appeared as a guest expert with Tavis Smiley & on the Dr. Phil Show. Cheryl is a frequent commentator on CNN , HLN, MSNBC and KPCC.
Women’s Spaces Sponsored Event: Film Screening: The Rape of Recy Taylor
sponsored by Sat On Her Case, a Sonoma County volunteer intitiative for the speedy processing of rape kits by law enforcement agencies.
Thursday, March 29, 6-9:00 PM at Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol
Women’s History Month in Sonoma County
List of 2018 Honorees of the NWHP: www.nwhp.org/2018-theme-honorees/
Event Link: NWHP Honoree Luncheons
**“Las Adelitas” Talk by SRJC History Instructor Laura Larqué
Tuesday, March 27, 9-10:30 AM
“Adelitas” were women who served as cooks, cleaners, scouts, and nurses during the Mexican Revolution. If their male relatives died in battle, these women took their place and started fighting in the army as Soldaderas. Larqué will share some of the untold stories of these valiant women and how their contributions to the revolution have been overlooked by historians because they were poor Indigenous or Mestiza ethnic background. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/events/1986491074951737/
SRJC Petaluma – 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Jacobs Hall PC 116, Petaluma
**“What if Women Built a Community College – and EVERYbody Came?”
Thursday, March 29, 12:00-1:00 PM
As the Santa Rosa Junior College campus and local communities reflect upon the College’s 100th anniversary, various historical events and demographic trends serve as a meaningful backdrop. Acclaimed local historian and journalist Gaye Le Baron will provide an insightful historical overview of Sonoma County shedding light on the role and legacy of Santa Rosa Junior College. In partnership with Arts and Lectures, and SRJC’s 100th Anniversary Committee.
Free and open to the public.
For more info, visit: https://pr.santarosa.edu/womens-history-month-2018
Parking permits are required, cost $4 and are available on campus lots.
Santa Rosa Junior College – Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center, Santa Rosa
**Film Screening: The Rape of Recy Taylor
Thursday, March 29, 6-9:00 PM
Reception 6pm. 7-8:30pm Screening to benefit Verity. 8:30 Panel Discussion with District Attorney, Jill Ravitch, Verity Executive Director, Christine Castillo and Sonoma county National Organization for Women (NOW) President, Elaine B. Holtz. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/events/247384775802412/
Rialto Cinemas – 6868 Mckinley St., Sebastopol
The Petaluma Museum has some great events for Women’s History Month:
Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011)
Geraldine Ferraro was the first female vice-presidential candidate representing a major political party. Suffering multiple election defeats, she went on to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Visit the link below on the National Women’s HIstory Project website for more on the life of Geraldine Ferraro and other 2018 Honorees.
The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin: The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com
Ain’t Gonna Let Anyone Turn Me Around sung by Lydia Violet from theAlbum: Already Free (2016 Lydia Violet