Pubdate: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 Date: 08/10/2000 Source: Newsday (NY) Author: Doris Byrd and Ronald Hampton Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1073/a09.html The National Black Police Association represents the interests of black police officers and communities of color. As police officers, we have the knowledge and experience to assert that the failure of the grand jury to indict Det. Anthony Vasquez for killing Patrick Dorismond represents a serious injustice. The association suspects that the prosecution presented a lackluster case. Dorismond was unarmed and did not provoke a confrontation with the police. His death and the inaction of the justice system is yet another example of marginalization of black life by many police officers and prosecutors. Just as the acquittal of the officers who killed Amadou Diallo spawned the Dorismond shooting, so will this grand jury's decision set off another round of brazen, unlawful racially discriminatory behavior by some police officers. Doris Byrd and Ronald Hampton Note: The writers are, respectively, chairwoman and executive director of the National Black Police Association, based in Washington, D.C.