Last week, Beacon Media ran the story of Pasadena Fire Chief’s abrupt retirement amid the controversy of Bertral Washington being “reassigned” to the city manager’s office.
In a written statement, the NAACP said, “Please understand, this is far from over.”
Despite the community interest in this situation several questions continue to remain unanswered, says the NAACP. “Why was Chief Bertral Washington allowed to be removed from his position without the Public Safety Committee being informed?”
“We are deeply saddened and disappointed by this event. We respect and honor Chief Washington’s decision to retire.” said Allen Edson, President of NAACP Pasadena. “Let this be a reminder to every one of the importance of being civically engaged in their communities and to hold responsible parties accountable for their unprincipled actions. We as a community have a lot of work to do before those in the African American community who are in positions of leadership in all sectors are treated fairly, with respect and given the same support as their ‘white’ colleagues.”
The statement from NAACP concludes, “The lack of representation of people of color, specifically African Americans, in leadership positions in the City of Pasadena continues to be an ongoing issue. As one of the oldest civil rights associations in the nation, we are committed to continuing to fight for equal rights for all people. NAACP Pasadena will continue to engage the City of Pasadena in efforts to collaborate in the ending of racial discrimination and bias in all institutions throughout the city.”