Nassau police commissioner won’t resign over ‘broken homes’ diversity remarks

Long Island
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder speaks near the scene of a shooting at a Stop & Shop supermarket in West Hempstead on April 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A Long Island police commissioner said he won’t resign over comments blaming the lack of diversity in his police department on Black and Hispanic “broken homes.”

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told reporters on Friday that he serves at the pleasure of the county executive, Laura Curran, and will remain on the job “as long as she has me.”

Ryder has apologized for his remarks, which were first reported by Newsday. Some civil rights groups called for his ouster, while others have rallied behind him.

Curran said she disagreed with Ryder’s assessment about recruiting obstacles, but that she stood by him, saying he’s “really proven himself in all of our communities, in our growing diverse communities.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Long Island Videos

Music therapy helps COVID long-haulers

Beachgoers react after Jones Beach shark scare

Nassau County beaches getting increased police presence amid shark sightings

Nassau police to increase shark patrols

3 killed in LI shooting

'We're closing in: Fugitive bull located 3 days after fleeing Long Island slaughterhouse

More Long Island

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter