“It is with bittersweet sorrow that I have decided to retire,” Fulwood wrote in his Jan. 8 retirement letter to Obama. “I have made this decision based on personal health challenges and the fact that the department has not been as supportive over the years as they should have been,” citing staffing, funding and attention to prison reform issues.
Back in 2013, well before Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island and other troubling law enforcement incidents, Fulwood wrote to Obama suggesting that the Justice Department “lead a dialogue with law enforcement about racial profiling,” an issue he has long been concerned with during his decades of work in law enforcement. He got no response, we wrote at the time. Not even a Robo-signed, “Thanks for your letter.”
In an interview, Fulwood said that the exploding prison population is “what everyone is talking about, and we need to make sure that the parole commission is doing what Holder and Obama want us to do. But nobody talks to us, so we don’t know.”
The lack of communication even extended to a small personal request Fulwood made on Dec. 5 “to bring my family to the White House to get a photo with the president.” He has still not heard back.
Well, he’s not leaving till Friday.