FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 30, 2018
Lauren E. Williams
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement regarding the video footage released today of Alton Sterling’s 2016 shooting death:
“Anyone who cares about the loss of innocent life suffered two blows this week. One was dealt when the Louisiana State Attorney ruled not to prosecute the officers involved in the Alton Sterling case and the other when more video showing his tragic shooting death was released.
“People are angry all over again, and even more confused. By releasing these videos after deciding no officer will face legal consequences, the Baton Rouge community, and others, are being asked to relive the trauma of watching an innocent Black man’s life taken from him in a nation that too often has no remedy for that violence. What communities and police need most is a path forward, toward a more just future where these shootings and videos are shockingly rare—not traumatically familiar.
“There is no consolation—and no justice—to offer the family of Alton Sterling and the millions of families across the country who feel his loss personally. Still, we encourage the mayor, police chief, and community of Baton Rouge to continue working together.
“While these actions will not bring back the dead or prevent the past, there are evidence-informed practices to curve the momentum of our tragic history. And at moments like this, it is towards that long arc of history we must look for hope. Because watching footage like this and mourning the death of unarmed Black men and women never gets easier, but the way that we learn from them can.”
Lauren E. Williams
Center for Policing Equity Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Stephan Clark
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement about the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Stephan Clark:
“Yet another young Black man with a bright future lost his life on Sunday at the hands of a police officer.
“Details are still being released, but one thing is clear – the community demands and should have answers. As the good people of the Sacramento Police Department already know, relationships in the criminal justice system are built by trust in it, not fear of it.
“I send my condolences to the family of Stephan Clark and pray for healing and more dialogue. These ugly incidents did not go away just because the nation stopped paying attention to them. And they will not go away in the dark.
“As many in the nation stand up to end gun violence and sexual harassment, so too must we do the hard work of democracy in the area of policing. Leaders in policing and communities must keep the lights shining on the work we have left to do in order to ensure that public safety serves the public safely.”
Why the reaction is different this time –
David Love, a Philadelphia journalist who’s written about race issues for CNN and others, has a theory why.
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