Statement on Sterling Brown Video

May 24 2018

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.”