As a national organization of Black Law Enforcement professionals, we send our condolences to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
As Black law enforcement, when a questionable shooting arises to black people throughout America, we also feel the pain.
As Black Law Enforcement we are three degrees of separation when controversial police shootings happen. In many cases we know the victim, the victim is a family member, or we are the victims.
What is discouraging is that the media, community leaders, and our elected officials always ignore a genuine cause of police violence against Black people that is Institutional Racism in Law Enforcement and Economic Prejudice.
To date, police have killed 561 people, and the majority of the dead are people of color.
In an age of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing model, it has failed to change the culture of policing when it come to people of color and the have-nots.
The first step of the 21st Century Policing Model is Accountability, Legitimacy, and Transparency. For the people that are affected the most, these policies have not changed the despair or the lack accountability, when law enforcement unjustly kills a loved one.
Damon K. Jones
New York Representative
Blacks In Law Enforcement of America