As a national organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals, we are in full support of 49’s Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
It is our duty as peace officers and members of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America to continue the fight for freedom, justice, and equality for all citizens.
Blacks In Law Enforcement of America believes that Law Enforcements’ purpose is to protect and serve. Not to contain the poor, the economically disadvantaged or to take advantage of those who cannot fight back or have a real voice in the matter at hand.
At any given day a Black Police Officer’s family member could be a victim of the same issues that Mr. Kaepernick is courageously taking a stand against. At any given day without our uniform on, the Black Officer can be a victim or the same situations that Mr. Kaepernick has eloquently stated in several interviews.
As a national organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals, we recognize that there are four degrees of separation from Black Law Enforcement and the Black community when it comes to “Police Criminality”. We know the victim, we know someone who knows the victim, the victim is a family member, or we are the victims.
Black Law Enforcement Officers should no longer permit ourselves to be relegated to the role of brutal pawns of a system of policing that has terrorized our birth communities for decades.
We are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, neighbors, and members of the black community. Donning the blue uniform should not change this.
On the contrary, it should sharpen our perception of our responsibilities as Black men and women in a society that are seemingly unresponsive to the needs of Black people.
To this end, we are in full Colin Kaepernick and any other NFL player that uses their status to advance the need for Justice for Black people throughout America.
Damon K. Jones
New York Representative
Blacks In Law Enforcement of America