Friday, August 2, 2013

Cincinnati Police Apology


Cincinnati Police have brought tremendous awareness
to the stigmas and misperceptions of people with ostomies. 
We now have the public listening,
and the opportunity to make something good come of this.
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>>> Read the original story that created this event HERE
>>> Read CNN Doug Yakich's Inadvertent Discrimination article HERE
>>> Download the Awestomy poster 'Having an Ostomy is a beautiful thing'  HERE
>>> View the Donna Mear video   HERE 

This is the email I sent to Cincinnati Chief of Police Paul Humphries 01August2013

A Sincere Thank-You from Ostomates
 
The Cincinnati Police Department created a commendable initiative to reduce the number of shooting victims among juveniles involved with drugs, guns, crime, and gangs. But their implementation is appallingly disrespectful and insensitive to the ostomy community. Their approach is to shock these young criminals with pictures of gunshot survivors and gruesome ostomies.

 
The comment made by Cincinnati Policeman Lt. Joe Richardson has brought massive public awareness to the stigmas and misperceptions of people with ostomies.   
The Ostomy Community has been angered, energized and mobilized.  The situation is well beyond ‘damage control’ and ‘damage containment’ from your perspective.  I suggest that you could ameliorate the situation by
  • Make a sincere media apology to the Ostomy Community
  • Initiate an Ostomy Awareness Campaign with the Police & City of Cincinnati
With a positive outlook, this event may well be the Ostomy Community’s greatest opportunity to change society perceptions of people with ostomies.  Cincinnati will be seen as the ‘change agent’ and this event will become the ‘tipping point’ for an en-masse positive shift in the public’s image and perceptions of people with ostomies.


This event has been very uncomfortable for both Cincinnati and the Ostomy Community.  When it clears, the world will be just a little better, as another ignorance has been dispelled and replaced by a new understanding.  


Followers of my post at ostomy-is-not-tragedy-cincinnati will be pleased to read your response.
 

Paul Riome, Author of LivingBiggerWithColostomy.com

 

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The email response from Cincinnati Chief of Police Paul Humphries 02August2013
 
To the Ostomy Community:
 
Like many American cities, Cincinnati has seen an increase in the number of juveniles involved in violent crime.  Many of these juveniles become victims and suffer traumatic injuries as a result.  In developing a strategy we contacted a local hospital trauma center which has a presentation that illustrates some life changing consequences of gun violence.  Unfortunately, one of the examples used was of a gunshot victim who was now required to utilize a colostomy bag; and the news chose to highlight a poorly chosen comment by a Police Lieutenant when airing the story.  To use the example of an ostomy bag in this way was a mistake.  Although there was no ill will intended, the results were hurtful to some in the ostomy community and this will not be repeated.
 
I realize the way the news story was presented has offended many in the ostomy community, and for this I am truly sorry.  As a result of the numerous contacts I received, including Ostomy Toronto and many similar groups, I have taken steps to ensure this does not happen again.  I have spoken to the Lieutenant involved in the story and his commander.  Both are extremely troubled that such a well-meaning attempt to reduce the number of juveniles involved in gun violence offended so many.  I addressed this with my command staff and Public Information Office to ensure we are all educated on the issue and to prevent any future occurrences.  I also contacted Mr. Jeff Brogan, General Manager of WCPO regarding this issue. 
 
I have attempted to individually answer emails, but I wanted to send a clearer message to everyone in the ostomy community.  I am very sorry this happened and will work to ensure it does not happen in the future.  I assure you this was a mistake on the part of well-meaning individuals and not a deliberate attempt to offend anyone. 
 
I hope you will accept this apology on behalf of the Cincinnati Police Department.
 
Sincerely,
Paul H. Humphries
Interim Police Chief
Cincinnati Police Department
 



>>> Read the original story that created this event HERE
>>> Read CNN Doug Yakich's Inadvertent Discrimination article HERE
>>> Download the Awestomy poster 'Having an Ostomy is a beautiful thing'  HERE
>>> View the Donna Mear video   HERE 




 
 
 

 

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