New Rochelle — New Rochelle Police Officer Chris “Stigs” Castiglia who went on a rant about having to protect BLM, has been suspended without pay, Tuesday afternoon after BW exposed the story less than 24 hours early.
Castiglia went on a Facebook rant July 8th, telling blacks who protest police brutality, “Don’t call the police when your world is in disarray to help deal with the worst 10 minutes of your life, figure it out yourself or better yet call Shaun King and Black lives Matter for help…”
Then again on on August 8th a day after a successful and peaceful BLM Rally in New Rochelle, Castiglia posted on Facebook, “We protect them while they exercise their first amendment rights to protest us.”
Black Westchester posted the news late Monday evening and it immediately went viral after Shaun King reposted it on his Facebook page, hours later we received news Castiglia was suspended without pay.
“Successful 21st century policing requires true police accountability,” New Rochelle Councilman Jared Rice. “Faced with the unprofessional remarks by the officer in question, our department acted swiftly in suspending him without pay pending final disciplinary action. We take seriously our efforts to improve police-community relations and today’s actions reflect just that.”
Black Westchester broke the story that no other media outlet thought newsworthy enough to mention Monday afternoon, with an exclusive story and statement from community activist Kenneth Chamberlain Jr.
“When an officer makes comments like the ones made on Facebook it becomes extremely difficult for police departments to gain trust to even begin to build a relationship with its residents,” Chamberlain tells BW after hearing about the suspension. “It’s all about accountability and a community has to believe that its officers will enforce the law fairly and without bias. So the decision to suspend the officer is a step in the right direction.”
Damon K. Jones the NY Representative of Black In Law Enforcement of America was the first to speak up against Castiglia’s actions on August 23rd.
“Police can only police the community with the confidence of the citizens they serve,” Jones tells BW after hearing about the suspension. “The suspension of this officer is a start of having integrity to black people who pay taxes for a service that’s already suspect in their eyes.”
New Rochelle Police Department released the following statement on their Facebook page, Tuesday afternoon.
“Earlier today, the New Rochelle Police Department became aware of a private social media post attributed to one of our members that was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. The post was neither made with the knowledge or approval of the Department, nor does it reflect the opinions of the Police Department and its members. This matter is being fully investigated and discipline will be forth coming should it be determined that the individual member violated the Department’s policy governing the use of social media. The N.R.P.D. will continue our efforts to foster trust, communication and cooperation between members of the Department and the community we serve.”
We will continue to follow this developing story. There still no word whether Mount Vernon Police Officer Rick Castihano who posted the BLM logo with the words Burglary Laceny Murder on Facebook will be suspended or disciplined by the City of Mount Vernon.