As a national organization of Black Law Enforcement professionals, we send our condolences to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
As Law Enforcement Professionals, we also send our condolences to the families of the officers of the Dallas Police Department who was shot or killed.
The question is now, where do we create a balance of accountability?
As Black law enforcement, when a questionable shooting arises to black people throughout America, we also feel the pain.
As Black Law Enforcement we are three degrees of separation when controversial police shootings happen. In many cases we know the victim, the victim is a family member, or we are the victims.
New York State has a history of 27 Black Law Enforcement officers who were shot, shot at or killed by their white counterparts but incidents like this has never happened in the reverse.
What is discouraging is that the media, community leaders, and our elected officials always ignore a genuine cause of police violence against Black people that is Institutional Racism in Law Enforcement and Economic Prejudice.
To date, police have killed 561 people, and the majority of the dead are people of color.
As Law Enforcement Officers, we know first hands of the dangers officers face on a daily basis. A senseless killing of a Law Enforcement Officer that has served the community is tragic.
According to Officer Down Memorial Page website, 21 Law Enforcement Officers have been killed by gunfire in 2016.
To be faithful to the saying of Black Live Matter, Blue Lives Matter or All Lives Matter our community leaders, elected officials, and Police Management have to work harder on destroying the “Us against them” attitude in law enforcement and the community. If Police wants the community to have “Stop Snitching” response then the police must tear down the “Blue Wall of Silence”.
In an age of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing model, it has failed to change the culture of policing when it come to people of color and the have-nots. In essence, it has failed to change the perception of police in the communities in most need of trust in Law Enforcement that they truly protect and serve.
The first step of the 21st Century Policing Model is Accountability, Legitimacy, and Transparency. For the people who are affected the most, these policies have not changed the despair or the lack accountability, when law enforcement unjustly kills a loved one. This gives a perfect cover for those who intend to do harm to Law Enforcement under their sick agenda.