Taking a page out of Mayor Thomas Menino’s book, the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers recently sent a letter to Menino and accused him of allowing discriminatory practices.
The letter is yet another chapter in the saga that started when Menino said fast food chain Chick-fil-A does not belong in Boston because of the anti-gay marriage remarks made by the company’s president.
Earlier this month, Menino sent a scathing letter to the chicken chain’s president.
Officials from MAMLEO said that on Friday they hand delivered their four-page letter to Menino’s office.
“The agencies under your control don’t even come close to reflecting the ethnic population of the City,” the letter stated. “Your record of appointing managers and middle managers in the city is even worse.”
While the group does applaud Menino for his “strong statements” regarding Chick-fil-A, it said Menino needs to do better in areas including affordable housing, the racial make up of the police department’s command staff and construction contracts awarded to minority companies.
“If you feel so strongly that discrimination is wrong, you should look to all of the discriminatory practices that you have allowed to exist in the city during your reign,” the letter said.
The letter was signed by MAMLEO, the Massachusetts Association of Nubian Retirees, NAACP Northeast Region, The Bostonian newspaper and the Massachusetts Association of Minority State Police Officers.
A message left seeking comment from Menino’s press office was not immediately returned.