Quincy Belafonte was an upstanding officer in Long Beach Police Department until he voiced his concerns about an incident where his colleagues handcuffed Black children in a racialized incident.
After he expressed his concerns at a debriefing, he was targeted by Long Beach brass then fired by “Blackout” a higher-ranking officer who carries the reputation of terminating Black officers. While there, Quincy also worked with two candidates running for sheriff: Alex Villanueva and Robert Luna. His recollection shows a sordid, biased and hostile environment for officers of color and members of the LGBTQ who spoke out against racism and homophobia.
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