The BLEA exists to help law enforcement agencies to be sensitive to the needs and concerns of minorities, women, and the poor. This pamphlet is meant to provide you with information to help you determine if your rights have been violated by the police. You should not use this pamphlet as a legal document. If you feel your rights have been violated, you should seek legal counsel immediately.
As Black law enforcement professionals, we face this challenge every day. When an incident of questionable police shootings and police brutality happens in the communities we serve, we either know the victim, we know someone who knows them, or the victim is a family member. BLEA believes that there is a systemic pattern of bias that exists in the institutions of law enforcement. There have been many studies that concur on the issue of racial bias playing a factor in a law enforcement officer’s decision to shoot or not to shoot.