Statement on Sterling Brown Video

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren E. Williams,

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.”

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