The federal judge who essentially wrote the blueprint on eliminating racial profiling did some racial profiling of her own during a violent home invasion.
Federal Judge Susan Dlott, who was appointed to a set on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio by President Bill Clinton in 1995, and her husband, attorney Stan Chesley, were the victims of a brutal home invasion and robbery at the hands of three armed black assailants.
DLott’s 911 call revealed she was quick to cite race when it was her life on the line, WCPO reported.
She was also quick to mention her position as a federal judge to demand special treatment from the 911 dispatcher.
“Call the United States Marshals! I’m a federal judge! Call the marshals!” she demanded.
“I have an officer at your house right now,” the dispatcher told Dlott.
Dlott: “Please send more. There’s three black men with guns at our house,” the judge replied.
“My husband and the dogs are still there. There are three black men with guns and masks in our house,” the anti-racial profiling judge repeated.
The call to 911 came after the victims escaped. Dlott ran barefoot and in her nightgown about a mile through the woods to reach a neighbor’s house. Her husband wasn’t able to make it to far because he was suffering from several broken bones after being thrown down the stairs, WCPO reported.
According to what one of the suspect’s told authorities the three didn’t know their victims and were just looking for someone to rob when they noticed Chesley’s nice car and followed him home.
Rather than go in right away however, they went downtown to purchase and smoke marijuana before returning to break into the home.
“They started demanding cash and jewelry. They asked for the location of a safe. They weren’t given a location of a safe. Mr. Chesley and Judge Dlott offered them the cash that they had, tried to get them to leave,” Lt. Steve Makin told WCPO. “One of the suspects made mention of the vehicle that Mr. Chesley was driving. They offered up car keys – ‘Take the cars just get out of here. Take off.’ They didn’t do that.”
Instead they nearly killed Chesley.
Fortunately for the community the three men were arrested that same night near the Dlott home.
“If we lost her, which we would have but for her smart thinking … and a few coincidences, we would’ve lost one of the great civil rights judges of our time,” her neighbor Michelle Young said. “It’s because of Susan Dlott that we have community policing here and modeled across the nation. She structured that agreement.”
Young was referring to a time in 2002 when the city of Cincinnati was faced with mounting lawsuits from black activist groups and individuals that accused the city’s police of racial profiling and discrimination.
The lawsuits were argued in Judge DLott’s courtroom.
“If the citizens are unhappy and the police department isn’t listening, then the whole system is screwed up,” she said at the time according to The Marshall Project.
Dlott’s order, called the Collaborative Agreement, outlined a new multi-agency law enforcement strategy, which called for an approach to crime-fighting that did not entail merely sweeping up potential suspects and sorting them out later. Residents, especially African-Americans, were encouraged to participate in the new strategy, named Community Problem-Oriented Policing. Commanders were expected to deploy their officers on projects to clean up blight and to curtail quality of life crimes such as prostitution and outdoor drug dealing.
The police union leadership and the city of Cincinnati supported Dlott’s ruling. The police rank and file, however, frustrated by months of national scrutiny by the Justice Department and the federal court, did not.
Dlott’s guidelines are currently used by various law enforcement organizations throughout the country to curtail racial profiling.
Still that didn’t stop Dlott from mentioning the fact that she and her husband were being terrorized by “three black males” when profiling was convenient for her.
Listen to the chilling 911 call below.
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