Racial Profiling Gone Wrong: Bigot Cops Didn’t Recognize Off-Duty Chief

Chief Douglas Ziegler
Chief Douglas Ziegler

AFRICANGLOBE – At least one cop has been disciplined for ordering the NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed Black officer out of his auto while the three-star chief was off-duty and parked in Queens.

“How you can not know or recognize a chief in a department SUV with ID around his neck, I don’t know,” a police source said.

Chief Douglas Zeigler, 60, head of the Community Affairs Bureau, was in his NYPD-issued vehicle near a fire hydrant when two plainclothes cops approached on May 2, sources said.

One officer walked up on each side of the SUV at 57th Ave. and Xenia St. in Corona about 7 p.m. and told the driver to roll down the heavily tinted windows, sources said.

What happened next is in dispute.

In his briefing to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Chief Zeigler said the two cops, who are White, had no legitimate reason to approach his SUV, ranking sources said.

After they ordered him to get out, one officer did not believe the NYPD identification Zeigler gave him.

The cops gave a different account:

When one officer spotted Zeigler’s service weapon through the rolled-down window, he yelled “Gun!” according to sources who have spoken with the officers.

Both cops raised their weapons and ordered the driver out of the car, sources said.

Instead of saying he was an armed member of the NYPD, Zeigler shouted, “Don’t you know who I am?” the sources said.

When one cop reached over to check the identification badge around Zeigler’s neck, the chief pushed him away, sources said.

Only then did Zeigler tell the two officers his name and rank, those sources alleged.

Chief Zeigler, in his discussions with Kelly, said the officers never yelled “Gun!” sources said.

One cop got into a heated argument with the chief even after seeing the ID, sources said.

That cop was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified duty last night, sources said. The status of the second officer was unclear.

The incident occurred as the NYPD is under fire for record numbers of pedestrians being stopped and frisked, the majority of them Black or Hispanic. Some 145,098 people were stopped by the NYPD in the first quarter of this year.

Zeigler has headed the Community Affairs Bureau since January 2006. His wife, Neldra Zeigler, is NYPD deputy commissioner for equal employment opportunity.


By:  Alison Gendar 

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    White Cop Disciplined for Profiling Black Police Chief

    May 13, 20085:55 PM ET
    A white police officer has been pulled off active duty after harassing the wrong man: Deputy Chief Douglas Zeigler.

    The highest-ranking black officer in the NYPD was parked in a department-issued SUV, wearing plainclothes, when two officers approached him. According to the New York Daily News:

    “In his briefing to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Zeigler said the two cops, who are white, had no legitimate reason to approach his SUV, ranking sources said.
    After they ordered him to get out, one officer did not believe the NYPD identification Zeigler gave him.”
    NYPD Chief Douglas Zeigler
    NYPD Chief Douglas Zeigler
    At the same time, the officers in trouble offer a different story:

    “When one officer spotted Zeigler’s service weapon through the rolled-down window, he yelled “Gun!” according to sources who have spoken with the officers.
    Both cops raised their weapons and ordered the driver out of the car, sources said.
    Instead of saying he was an armed member of the NYPD, Zeigler shouted, “Don’t you know who I am?” the sources said.”
    Following a rash of highly-publicized incidents involving the police and civilians, some argue that this event further illustrates the notion that racial profiling in the department is alive and well.

    State Senator Eric Adams is calling for reform within the NYPD, especially when dealing with minorities.

    “Something is wrong with our Police Department and their interactions with people of color,” said State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), a former police captain.
    WCBS has more:

    The incident was reported as police are being criticized for stopping and frisking record numbers of pedestrians — about 145,000 in the first quarter of this year. The majority of them were black or Hispanic.
    The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has been leading demonstrations in the city to protest the acquittals of three police officers in the shooting death of an unarmed man as he left his bachelor party, took note of the Zeigler incident while speaking at his weekly rally in Harlem.
    “You can’t make this stuff up!” he said. “The problem isn’t that they didn’t recognize him. It is that they don’t recognize our rights!”
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    par for the course, I’m afraid.
    Sent by Ama | 9:38 PM | 5-13-2008
    I find it quite interesting that the White police officer was disciplined for harrasing/racially profiling the Black police Chief-Deputy Chief Zeigler. It makes you wonder what form of action would be taken in regard to the White cop if Chief Zeigler was not Chief Zeigler….makes you wanna say..hmmm. Sad to say…it’s the same game just a different strategy.
    Sent by Rahwa Neguse | 12:31 PM | 5-14-2008
    Problems like this will never go away.
    Sent by JC | 1:17 PM | 5-14-2008
    The problem is that there are people in the deparment that are still acting as if racial profiling doesn’t exist. Until they admit that there is a problem they’ll never work to find a real solution.
    Sent by Blackandmarriedwithkids.com | 4:16 PM | 5-14-2008
    I think it was Chris Rock who had an album that sums it up well for people of color in particular as it relates to this article, the title of the album was “Born Suspect”.
    Sent by MJ | 4:59 PM | 5-14-2008
    The bottomline is that a fair amount of whites are racist and racism has been embedded into their minds about blacks. They use their authority to harass people of color. No body is surprised anymore. It occurs all over this country, coast to coast. I have lived in both types of communities. At the end of the day your just a person of color to police. Teach your children good rules of how to deal with police. There is a book called “Boys to Men” gives good direction of how to teach yong black boys of how to behave in malls and various police situtations.
    Sent by Tara | 6:32 PM | 5-14-2008
    Over the years there have been a number of similar incidents involving minority officers who were similarly harrassed, beaten, shot, arrested etc while either out of uniform, undercover, or off duty. Until the outrage also includes white people the penalties will not be stiffened. And until the penalties are stiffened (rather than weakened as with the recent acquittal of the officers in the Sean Bell case) we can only expect more outrage from the minority communities that are so grossly and unfairly subjected to these abuses.
    Sent by Whole9 | 2:12 PM | 5-15-2008

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  • Missy Julien

    WOW! This gentleman is lucky to have seen another day. Those trigger happy bigots don’t waste a second with their bullets.

  • Andrea Kyles

    Where is the story?

  • Thanks I will try that.

  • DjLarryLuv

    as a young black man, i gotta say your absolutely right. My MBA says it’s a good marketing strategy for click baiting but you can avoid it by clicking tweet and not sending the tweet.Just close the box


    Death to all honkeys

  • medusa7ful .

    I’m sure he told you were only doing your job. Smurk.

  • medusa7ful .

    If there being shot the NYPD is doing it!!

  • Actually, I suspect it is a good article but I won’t promote it until I read it, not the other way around.

  • Tony Mitchell

    Yes. Things are so different now than 2008

  • Tony Mitchell

    Your level of denial is off the charts

  • sukottokun

    Click the “tweet” but don’t actually send it, just close the window.

  • Edward M. Fraraccio

    Timing matters, especially in this case. Thank you for the clarification.

  • I absolutely, under no circumstance, will ever share something before I have a chance to read it. I would like to read this article but it isn’t worth it. Frankly, it is a cheap way to try to get an audience in my opinion.

  • Derrick Washington

    Where is the story?

  • [email protected]

    You get the first black president and white America lose there damn minds period

  • Cgreg Mcqueen
  • Eagle Eye Dimensions

    This is not the first time this has happened to a black police officer in New York , City.

  • Larry

    How the hell do you not recognize your Chief THESE TWO BIGOTS WERE BLIND AND DUMB !!!! Guess they never planned on kissing the bosses ass lol !!!!

  • Wheres the story???

  • WELL-They know it been going on all the TIME!!!!But only when they do it among them self…

  • This actually happened in 2008. One of the cops was fired, the other one was suspended.

  • Racial profiling can go wrong now? I didn’t know that, and I’m trying to remember when it went right ever… Are bigots writing about bigots now?

  • Fire the pink pale monkey’s

  • Malcolm Wright

    I actually really respect what this site represents, and really want to read this article, but i just can’t stand the expectation that i share something before i even read the article. This is the sort of thing i probably WOULD share as long as i was given the opportunity to read it and judge it’s content for myself. This sort of message is important, and locking it behind a pyramid scheme of sharing is not serving the message.

  • This is pathetic

  • Where is the rest of the story? Headline no story. Why post this without the actual details of the event.

  • Proof we all are Targeted, Black males that is.

  • SonsOfNatTurner

    Corrupt police culture fosters a “us vs them” mentality with an attitude that the cops are the good guys and everyone else is a potential bad guy. The exception is that if you are a black or brown male you are automatically assumed to be a bad guy.

    Too many black police officers buy into the police blue wall of silence in the face of blatant and wanton race-based police misconduct, even against fellow officers. For those that do they deserve to be treated like this black Deputy Chief was treated.

    Due to financial necessity after a job loss, I was a cop for about three years in Virginia during the mid-1990s. At the Police Academy they used the full twenty plus minutes (not the typical 20 second news snippet) Rodney King beating video to train us on the proper technique of using the police baton. We were told to observe that every single blow made by those LAPD officers were done with the proper technique.

  • Where is the article it’s jus full of ads. Wtf?

  • Stephen Bellinger

    Black police officers in NYC are shot, and there is no accountability, so why should this be any different

  • Kkk cops i told u abouth them in queens

  • Is there anyone surprised?!

  • In French we say “tomber un os”!

  • How do you read the article??

  • Ha! Ha! It it is utter stupidity not to follow life’s number 1 rule: even with an underwear, the boss remains the boss. But then again being a low level bottom feeder, donuts eater and bigot is not a sign of intelligence either.

  • Lmao I hope he’s proud of his men.

  • Serve them right!

  • Good!!! Someone should be fired!!!!

  • That police ran into the wrong one

  • ACLU 90% of people pulled over Black or Latin? Its not racism is lack of “Unity”? You serious to arent you. You want to Unit with racist? HUH? Boy good luck with that tell me how that works out for you.

  • I tell anyone this, I am a black man, I know what we go through and I know how people try to dismiss it and they start talking about “God” and “unity” playing on this fantasy world that will never happen. I live in Reality. You work on your Unity, I will work on trying to create Black Power to remove White power of my black ass. And once whites decide you are no longer necessary on this planet we will see what Unity has got you.

  • “Unity” <<< another abstraction in the fast of a racist reality.

  • Fred Murtz made no sense. Its funny how even when racism happens people are in denial.


  • This happened 5 years ago. Not that it is okay but I wonder why this is making the rounds again like it’s new news


  • Oh yes and this is not the only one of it’s kind. 60 Minutes covered a story several years ago and was ugly. I’m sure there are more.

  • What is wrong with our skin?? what is wrong with the black skin????

  • Chief can’t get RESPECT, so what does that say would be expected for the common man out on the street, umm

  • Wow, this should show them that if they would do this to a highly ranked official then what they care about doing this to our sons….

  • LOL

  • IT’S ON Y’ALL / USA beyou in a suit or shorts you in your SKIN Y’ALL USA USA USA

  • No this tells you what happens to people who refuse to unite in every city we live in on the planet!

  • Every day stuff!


  • So who’s word are they taking now? Do you feel lucky, lol

  • You are CORRECT Tyrone Mack!!!! Some don’t believe shit stinks until they are neck deep in it!!! Har-de-har-har!!!!!

  • Well they don’t respect Black men in a ragged car or a nice car. I would have to double check but it was an official car he was in not his personal car. But this happens all the time with black detectives. How many under cover black cops are killed shot to death cause these white cops don’t have control. They believe every black man with a gun is the enemy.

  • Well, well, WELL!!!!! I see that Racial Profiling is STILL alive & well up in NYC!!!!!! Those two should be placed on DESK DUTY from now on!!! Strip those two of badges & sidearms, and start an investigation into ALL their cases!!!

  • obviously you can

  • is there a racial profiling gone right?

  • Everything African Globe posts is sadly plagiarized. Whenever I see a headline, I google it and find the original article- from Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Independent, and a whole host of other media sites. It’s an outright cut and paste every time. The real way to blog news is to write your own commentary on a linked article that readers can access, and say from the outset, ” this piece in the New York Times…, etc. It’s plagiarism and copyright violation to do any other way. Peace.

  • Definitely plagiarized…. And sadly no nothing has changed not in the last 5 years or 50. Racism is just covert now instead overt.

  • 1 ? that always haunts my mind. Within Police Departments, nigger is used in conversations of derision, it can be documented. Christopher Dorner raised this question with his Memo To America Re: Last Resort. i see police officers in the warrior class. i asked, how R these warrior class collectively subdued to accept this environment?

  • This actually happened in May of 2008, Chief Ziegler retired in 2010 and in 2011 Douglas Zeigler has been named the new head of security for MTA.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-nypd-chief-douglas-zeigler-appointed-run-mta-security-article-1.150599#ixzz2adTX1tyl

  • Very instructive in demonstrating the racism that is so active at all levels in this society. It would be helpful though to point out that this happened in 2008, just so people don’t mistakenly think they are sharing a new outrageous story with others. Not that anything has changed, but still there is too much deception in media already, few know how to discern reliable news. You should also give credit to the original news source you are re-blogging the story from.


  • First thing to come to mind is KRS-One’s “Black Cop”….

  • wow

  • Hide behind the police uniform all you want, you still just another black man to these people

  • Stopped and frisked the wrong negro today ha ha idiots

  • Can you spell U N E M P L O Y M E N T ????

  • That tells you a lot racial profiling is real

  • Wow – smdh … although to be fair, they Unconstitutionally order everyone to to show ID, stop & frisk, and to get out of their car. If he’s the head honcho then maybe he should change HIS policies… having a badge does NOT grant special privileges.