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Black Law Enforcement supports Raise the Age in New York

New York has remained draconian as it relates to Juvenile Justice Reform. To be one of two states in the nation to prosecute children as young as 13 as adults in criminal courts.

Surrounding states New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut have long changed criminal responsibilities of minors. As law enforcement, we question why such a so-call liberal state like New York has taken so long to raise the age of adult criminal prosecution.It has been reported that Senate Republicans have blocked legislation to “Raise the Age” to 18 since 2012.

Public Safety is not just trying to arrest your way to a safe community. From a legislative perspective, Public Safety recognizes what legislation works and what has failed in rehabilitation, especially our youth who have an opportunity to become future leaders in our communities.

It is time for New York state legislators to pass meaningful legislation where the age of criminal responsibility reflects the national norm at 18. As responsible adults, it is time to change our focus from criminalization to rehabilitation of our minors who commit minor criminal acts and low-level offenses.

As Law Enforcement Professionals we understand that our justice system can do better for our youth, especially those in need. Criminalization and stigmatization of our young people are a proven detriment to future opportunities for education, employment and being socially constructive in our communities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Representative, Blacks in Law Enforcement of America with 27 years of law enforcement experience. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am) WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM) and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Aljazeera America. You can now hear Damon every Sunday on the People Before Politics Radio Show on wwwinthmixxradio.com and Wednesdays at 750 AM on WVOX 1460 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show

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“What does it say about the NFL, and about us, when at least a half-dozen men who have been accused of physical or sexual assault have been welcomed into the NFL over the past week, while Colin Kaepernick still has not?

While some NFL teams were busy drafting names from the police blotter last weekend, Kaepernick was standing outside a New York City parole office, handing out two boxes of his own custom-made suits to men who needed them for upcoming job interviews. He has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity. In March, it was reported by several news media outlets, including USA TODAY Sports, that Kaepernick will not protest the national anthem this coming season. And yet he’s still a free agent, so far unwanted by all 32 NFL teams.

 

The NFL is also broadcasting a message to Black people throughout the world that Black issues do not matter. It is uncommon that our children see athletes standing up for issues in their communities, especially for the many black men that have been unjustly killed by Law Enforcement.

As conscious Black People, we must send the same message to the NFL and their Sponsors that our dollars matter by boycotting the NFL and their products for basically punishing Kaepernick for his position on social justice issues.

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