We are deeply troubled by the violence throughout our nation last week, and we express our deepest sympathies to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile who were killed by law enforcement officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. We also extend our condolences to the families of Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarippa, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens, the five law enforcement officers who were subsequently killed in Dallas. We honor the lives of all of these individuals.
We cannot allow this violence to undermine our work towards justice. We are deeply saddened and dismayed by the continued use of excessive force by law enforcement against people of color. Too many black and brown people are being killed by law enforcement officers.
Our society can no longer ignore these injustices.
Unfortunately, these deaths of black and brown people are not isolated incidents. They illustrate the deeply seeded racial and ethnic disparities that exist in our juvenile and criminal justice systems.
We must work together to resolve conflict by peaceful means, to end the racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system, and to build a fairer, more just society.
We stand committed to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system and to ending law enforcement’s excessive use of force, brutality, and killing of people of color. Law enforcement officials must be held accountable for their actions.
Together with our colleagues at Color of Change, we are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and to prosecute the law enforcement officials responsible.