These are our sons, our daughters, our brothers and our sisters.
Washington, D.C. -- Last night, many members of our community were disappointed to learn that the man who fatally shot Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man who was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last July, was not charged with murder. This news was gut wrenching and heartbreaking for our community.
To add to this devastating news, this week we learned that a police officer shot and killed Jordan Edwards, a 15-year old boy from Dallas, Texas, who was leaving a party with his friends and was killed as he was said to fit the description of another suspect who had caused a disturbance in the Texas neighborhood.
The African-American community nationwide continues to live in a state of fear which has only been heightened after the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida teen who was shot and killed by police in 2012.
Enough is enough. We need to hold our citizens and our law enforcement officers to the same standard.
We need more accountability within both our law enforcement and criminal justice system.
Please know I have nothing but the utmost respect for law enforcement and the thankless work they do as they put their lives on the line each and every day to keep everyone in our cities out of harm’s way. With that being said, in recent years there have been countless incidents where misjudgment and underlying racism has taken precious lives.
In order for our communities to feel safe and secure they need to feel that our law enforcement officers are on their side working and working in their best interest. The black community does not want and cannot bear to hear the story of another man, woman or child whose death could have been prevented.
These are our sons. These are our daughters. These are our brothers. These are our sisters. These are our friends. This could happen to any one of us in any city in the country. Our community owes it the all of the families to raise the dialogue and speak out against the continued injustice.
Media Contact: Becca Brukman, 202-225-4001, Becca.Brukman@mail.house.gov