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CPE Statement on Sterling Brown Video


May 24, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren E. Williams, comms@policingequity.org

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement on the Sterling Brown video release:

“‘Contempt of cop’ is neither illegal nor a reason for police use of force. However, in this situation, Milwaukee officers treated it as both.

“I urge our nation’s law enforcement leaders to step up and denounce these officers’ actions. Speaking in a shared language of justice amplifies our nation’s communal values and will help move us to a system that is much more just, honest, and equitable.

“The behavior displayed in this video is concerning – and should never happen. But it is not a true representation of law enforcement across the country.

“Now, more than ever, more law enforcement officials must say so.”