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Haitian American police officers seek trust as tensions rise

By Sam Bojarski

HALEFO members Lt. Claude Celestin (left) and Detective Daniel Lefevre (right). Photo by Leonardo March

Last June, as thousands of New Yorkers hit the streets to protest police brutality and shout “Black Lives Matter” in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Detective Daniel Lefevre of the New York Police Department was on the other side of the barricades. 

And being Black did not exempt him from the wrath of protestors, who came in all colors and ethnicities.

“Like every other cop out there, we were being verbally abused and sometimes, you’d see physical aggression could be imminent,” said Lefevre, a 19-year NYPD veteran. “Sometimes we feel like we get it worse than the white cops. I don’t know how many times I’ve been subjected to verbal abuse by Black people.” 

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Sam Bojarski

Sam Bojarski

Sam Bojarski has been covering Haiti and its diaspora for The Haitian Times since 2018. He is currently covering New York's Haitian community as a Report for America corps member.
Sam Bojarski
Sep. 02, 2020