January , 2019

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Baltimore, MD – NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks released the following statement after the shooting of Sylville Smith and the ensuing unrest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“This Monday, once again, we are left mourning after a fatal encounter between a police officer and a civilian has led to unrest in a wounded city. We are heartbroken to see the results of the distrust between the Milwaukee community and their police force. During these troubled times, we offer our support to all citizens of Milwaukee, and we laud the actions of the Milwaukee residents who have peacefully protested, gathered in prayer, and contributed to cleanup efforts.

We call on all of those who are grieving the loss of life to engage in nonviolent protest to prevent more loss of life. More violence means more mourning –and even less justice.  At the same time, we call upon the police to support and protect the rights of protestors by engaging in open communications to de-escalate situations and by not resorting to military-style tactics.  As we have seen in Ferguson, a military-style crackdown only serves to provoke confrontation and to fracture already damaged relationships with the community.  

In the midst of this summer of unceasing incivility, we must learn from the rising tensions in Milwaukee and other cities by demanding action on preventative police reform.  Community trust requires police accountability.  Police may act in the midst of unrest to provide temporary security and stability, but it will take reform to insure peace with justice for the years to come. This reform depends on a willingness to address public policy challenges and social injustices in years in the making.

That is why we are asking all elected officials and candidates for election to sign our Pledge to Protect and Preserve Our Lives. By signing the pledge, officials promise to take action to cut off funding to law enforcement agencies that discriminate and ensure independent investigation of law enforcement agencies, detailed data reporting about police stops and uses of force, comprehensive standards governing the use of force, and civilian oversight of policing.   These reforms would increase policing transparency and accountability, and they are essential to rebuilding the broken relationships between police and the communities they serve.”

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