LOS ANGELES – A new editorial column called “Eye on Justice” debuts on the Voices page this week intended to highlight criminal, social or public policy injustices affecting disenfranchised communities throughout Los Angeles and the nation, Wave officials announced this week.
Written by retired Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey, the column will expose social and institutional disparities and abuses, while introducing strategies and commentary on how to systematically attack those injustices, said Gregory J. Huskisson, The Wave’s vice president of content and audience.
“Long before Black Lives Matter, minority and disenfranchised people have been subjected to widespread abuse by a corporate and governmental system designed to maintain the status quo,” Huskisson said. “We think this new column will empower readers with a broad and unique perspective on how to navigate within that system, when necessary, and help change that system, when possible.”
“Our mission here remains clear: Give readers substantive content that helps them live better informed and more empowered lives,” Huskisson added. “We are excited to have Sgt. Dorsey in our new rotation of columnists and we look forward to receiving reader feedback on her perspectives.”
An acclaimed author and social justice advocate, Dorsey is a highly sought police expert on significant criminal justice issues making national headlines. Her unique and candid commentary has been featured on such respected news outlets as CNN, MSNBC, PBS, HLN and KPCC. She now will bring her special brand of commentary to Wave readers each month.
“As a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and a mother of four sons, I understand that no one is immune from being racially profiled, harassed or becoming the victim of police abuse under the color of authority,” Dorsey said. “As a police expert with an eye toward justice, then, I will provide a candid, honest and unique perspective on social and institutional abuses with a level of credibility that is effective, relevant and irrefutable.”
Dorsey’s monthly column will run in The Wave on the second Thursday of each month. Her inaugural column appears today on page 7.