Black Lives Don’t Matter (and neither does my work)
Black lives don’t matter because Sgt. Vincent Corso is still a police officer and Jersey City politics continue to enable his reckless behavior.
Before I begin, when I say my work doesn’t matter I’m not talking about The Jersey Journal stealing my stories and passing it off as original research. While I’d like to thank all the people that reached out to me regarding their non-existent journalistic ethics, I’m happy that bits and pieces of the truth regarding Sgt. Vincent Corso were published on the NJ.com platform.
I’ll get back to their awful reporting in a future piece regarding Capt. Nicola Flora, but for now I’m talking about Mayor Steven Fulop, the Jersey City Council, Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office (HCPO) failing to take real action.
As first revealed by Real Jersey City, Sgt. Vincent Corso of the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) was punished 970 days after his infamous incident in Robbinsville, NJ. He lost 15 compensatory and vacation days for, among other infractions, violation of Rule 4:102 (removal of firearm from holster).
Mentioned in Robbinsville Police Officer Barbara Borges’ official statement regarding the incident in which Corso was taken into custody for suspected DWI, Borges stated that Corso’s gun was “not secured in his holster instead it was stuck inside the waistline of his sweat pants.”
The picture featured in this article clearly shows Corso’s behavior hasn’t changed, but the good news is that there are good cops that want him fired because of the negative stereotypes he perpetuates. Unfortunately, Mayor Steven Fulop has decided Corso is above the rules because he’s the 1st VP of the Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association (JCPSOA).
Despite my efforts – including emails, public speeches, and private communications – Corso’s disgraceful behavior continues due to the indestructible status quo of the JCPD and Jersey City politics.
Let’s not forget Corso is the officer who tragically shot and killed fifteen-year-old Michael Anglin in 2000 near the intersection of Bayview and Arlington Avenues. As first reported by Real Jersey City over a year ago, through Corso’s own admission, under questioning from the HCPO, it came to light that he was at a bar hours before the shooting of Anglin.
There’s also the infamous video below – filmed a few years after he killed Anglin – which was clearly acceptable behavior for Mayor Jerramiah Healy, ex-Chief Tom Comey, and then-Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis because he remained on the force despite taking swigs from a liquor bottle in uniform.
I’m sure after watching that video, and the Robbinsville video, it’s still believable Corso wasn’t drinking in the bar – while working an off-duty job – hours before he killed Anglin.
And that’s why black lives don’t matter, because Mayor Fulop, the entire Jersey City Council, JCPD leadership, and HCPO “believe” Corso wasn’t drinking in the bar before he killed a black teenager (the grandson of Bishop William Pickett).
Of note, Corso’s brother-in-law, Robert Kearns, who picked him up with James Carroll from Robbinsville that infamous night, is the president of the JCPSOA.
Also of note, the Education Matters ticket of Sudhan Thomas, Angel Valentin, and Gina Verdibello felt these same JCPSOA officials are “leaders” that candidates running for the Jersey City Board of Education (JCBOE) should seek an endorsement from.
One must assume they also believe Corso wasn’t drinking before he killed Anglin, otherwise they wouldn’t proudly accept his endorsement.
One must also assume that if #AllLivesMatter when #BlackLivesMatter then #EducationMatters when #BlackLivesMatter, yet no assumptions are needed to show my work to bring accountability to the JCPD doesn’t matter to the Education Matters team.
I hope the Education Matters team thinks long and hard about that endorsement, and how they would explain it to students, parents, and activists that support #BlackLivesMatter and identify with Colin Kaepernick when he says “to me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
It’s time for Education Matters to rethink and reject that endorsement, and for every JCBOE candidate to call on Mayor Fulop and the Jersey City Council to take action before tragedy strikes again.
It won’t happen though, because black lives don’t matter – especially Michael Anglin’s life.
SPECIAL NOTE: To Public Safety Director James Shea – when the feds make their move, do you think anyone will believe you weren’t complicit in all the off-duty jobs corruption? Especially after they watch the video of you in a bar with Corso – while he was working an off-duty job, not in uniform – after a school shooting? You really believe the police brass in that meeting this past week weren’t thinking of me when you were spewing that hogwash, pushing the blame on everyone else?