Erie police officer emails mayor, reporters with complaints, concerns
This is a file photo by then-Cpl from August 2006. Jeff Annunziata of the Erie Bureau of Police at the scene of a traffic accident on Erie's east side.
An experienced Erie Bureau of Police Officer defended his job, criticized journalists, and said in a long email to several Erie Times News reporters that black people seeking social justice “couldn't take care of themselves or others without them To play racing card ”and copied to Mayor Joe Schember.
Sgt. Jeff Annunziata, chief traffic investigator for the Erie Police Department and 34-year-old veteran of the Police Department, emailed his city account on Monday evening to Schember and four Erie Times-News reporters.
Annunziata's email (62) also states that citizens "do not understand compliance". claims that most police officers try to avoid confrontation; without evidence suggests that the Clinton Foundation and billionaire George Soros fund Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and specifically mentions that Erie officer Richard Burchick was shot by a black man in 1991.
"Why are the facts about the killing ignored in this country and how small is the tiny number of police officers who kill a black man on duty?" Annunziata wrote.
"There is no policeman I have met across the country looking for controversy rather than an agreement that is NOT ONE," wrote Annunziata.
Schember initially told the Erie Times News on Wednesday that he had read Annunziata's email and replied to it in writing, and had also spoken briefly to Annunziata about what the official had written.
Police chief Dan Spizarny is also aware of the email, Schember said.
Later, on Wednesday afternoon, Schember declined to comment on Annunziata's email and would not voluntarily forward a copy of his written reply to Annunziata's email to Times-News after the newspaper asked.
The Times-News has since requested a copy of Schember's email on the right to be aware of the state.
Annunziata was contacted by phone on Wednesday and said he had been instructed by the Schember Administration not to comment further.
Annunziata sent his email shortly before 7 p.m. Monday. It is unclear whether Annunziata was working when he wrote or sent the email.
A few hours earlier, around 3:30 p.m. On Monday, Schember announced that another city policeman, who was kicked on a video against a sedentary demonstrator in downtown riots at the end of May, would be suspended without pay for three days and assigned to desk service until awareness training was complete.
The entire department will also undergo awareness training, Schember announced.
The Schember government has refused to identify the official who kicked 21-year-old protester Hannah Silbaugh on the advice of city attorney Ed Betza, who angered some members of the public.
In his email, Annunziata referred to George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis. Annunziata also mentioned protesters in general, since Floyd's death sparked demonstrations around the world, including in Erie.
"Why is the fact that Minnesota officials pay for their lack of judgment," wrote Annunziata. "What gives demonstrators the right to cause harm and to violate public order?"
Annunziata also asked in his email why reporters “don't report the officials in this city who were injured to protect what people built. It is your responsibility as a reporter to report the whole story, not the part you want to report to your own satisfaction and unnecessary movements. "
The Erie Times-News reported on June 10 that one of the 14 city police officers injured during the downtown riots in late May suffered a serious knee injury and will be unemployed for an extended period of time.
The newspaper also reported the injuries sustained by other officials during the downtown disturbance.
In his email, Annunziata asked where the protest was for nationwide murdered police officers and mentioned the Confederate flag. The ban on showing someone is a violation of the first change.
Annunziata turned to Schember and wrote: “Mr. Mayor, how many officials must be injured before you speak. "He also wrote:" The "Deep State" media, reporters are responsible and the "radical" liberal politicians are right behind it. "
He wrote about these groups: "They show the problem, but do not offer solutions, fair solutions that we can all agree on."
Annunziata ended his email by writing that officials across the country “are always looking for a peaceful solution, but when faced with discord, weapons of all kinds, and reasoning, we have a job to do and hopefully peaceful results. As we know, this does not happen when a law is broken and the suspect or citizen does not understand what he did, what was wrong, and what was done against the law. "
Erie's City Council, Michael Keys, described Annunziata's email as "disappointing" and said he believed Schember should speak to her publicly.
Keys, who is black, checked the email at Times News request.
"What strikes me is that this email contains absolutely no empathy for people who are disproportionately affected by police brutality and systemic structural racism," said Keys.
"I am also concerned that a member of our police force expresses these types of views about some members of the public that they are supposed to protect and serve," said Keys.
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Text of the email
Erie Police Sgt.Jeff Annunziata, 62, the city's chief traffic investigator, sent the following email to four Erie Times news reporters and Erie Mayor Joe Schember on Monday evening:
Why are the facts about the killing ignored in this country and how small is the small number of police officers who kill a black man on duty? Why does the Minnesota official pay for his lack of judgment? What gives demonstrators the right to cause harm and to violate public order? Minorities (BLACK PEOPLE) speak of SOCIAL JUSTICE when they cannot take care of themselves or others without playing the racing card. Why? I see it all the time and many well-known colored people agree, but will later be called Uncle Tom. All I want to see is equality too, but watch the opposite that happened here in this country with the destruction of that country's history in the SOUTH AND OTHER STATES. Right or wrong, it's the history of this country. Why don't you comment to reporters about the destruction and vandalism of national monuments WHY? I am glad that I am a police officer in this city because we have adapted to changes and the way we deal with people in the community. These other communities will have to adapt, but there will be no unrest, looting, and destruction of your neighborhoods and cities. Why don't reporters report the injured officials in this city trying to protect what people built? It is your responsibility as a reporter to report the entire story, not the part you want to report to your own satisfaction and to unnecessary movements. BLM is said to have connected with ANTIFA WHY? Why is the Dem party with supporters like George Soros and the Clinton Foundation funding BLM and Antifa, why? To say that BLM and not all life is racist to prevent a Confederate flag from flying is against the first amendment. Why is this ignored? What about the lives of the police who are killed in this country? Why was there no protest when my friend and brother Richard Burchick was murdered by a black man? Why is ST's murder retired. Louis police captain (Black Cop David Dorn) murdered and there was no protest for him, he was killed by a young black man? In 2019, 48 officers were killed in crimes. Where's the protest for her death? Why is it important to kneel during the anthem if they do it immediately afterwards, I believe that even the fans would widely accept and participate. The protest is right and just, the timing has been set by the media. Mayor, how many civil servants have to be injured before you talk about what's going on. This problem affects us all. The "Deep State" media, reporters are responsible and the "radical" liberal politicians are directly behind it. Their argument has no purpose, but perpetuates the problem because they point out the problem but do not offer solutions, fair solutions that we can all agree on. Remember that when we are asked for help, we as the police interact, and sometimes things get out of control because
People don't understand compliance. There is not a single policeman I have met across the country looking for controversy rather than an agreement, NOT ONE. I have been across the country in my more than 34 year career and have spoken to police officers. We are always looking for a peaceful solution, but when faced with discord, weapons of all kinds, and arguments, we have a job to do and hopefully with peaceful results. As we know, this does not happen if a law is broken and the suspect or citizen does not understand what he has done, what has been done wrong and against the law.
Jeff Annunziata citizen, taxpayer and police officer.
This article originally appeared in the Erie Times News: Erie's police officer emails the mayor, reporter with complaints and concerns
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