On Jan. 25, Westchester Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D (NY-16) issued the next assertion following the discharge of the Memphis Police releasing the physique cam footage of Tyre Nichols being overwhelmed by 5 law enforcement officials.
“Sending my deepest condolences to the household of Tyre Nichols,” mentioned Congressman Jamaal Bowman Ed.D (NY-16).” Tyre Nichols must be alive as we speak. He must be spending time together with his son and his household. He must be speaking, laughing and smiling together with his pals. He must be having fun with his ardour for images. As a substitute, he was brutally murdered by 5 Memphis law enforcement officials. Tyre wasn’t a menace. He was not breaking the regulation. He was attacked and overwhelmed to loss of life with a number of kicks, punches, and nightstick blows to his head. He tried to run for his life. He tried to run house to his mom. He known as out for his mom in the identical manner that George Floyd did earlier than he was killed.”
“America’s DNA is sickened with the illness of police brutality, mass incarceration, and the dehumanization of Black our bodies. We name on President Biden and each elected official on this nation to move laws and take government motion as obligatory to guard Black our bodies and maintain all Individuals protected; particularly essentially the most susceptible. The illness of police brutality is systemic. And it has occurred in each nook of the nation all through American historical past. From the slave patrols of the 1700’s to 2023, Black dehumanization and homicide by the hands of the state continues to be fueled by the disturbing legacy of institutional and systemic injustice. It’s taxpayer cash that funds police departments and it’s that very same taxpayer cash that’s used to defend officers who break the regulation and pay settlements when lawsuits come up. It’s on all of us to demand radical change.”
“The same old impunity hurts essentially the most. Most officers who break the regulation aren’t fired, charged or convicted. The swiftness with which the officers had been fired and charged, and the discharge of the video ought to function a blueprint for each police division going ahead. I additionally should acknowledge and thank the activists and organizers who proceed to struggle for accountability — and humanity.”
“Police killed greater than 1000 folks in 2022, making it the deadliest 12 months on document since we began monitoring police killings.
We’d like federal, state and native laws that holds regulation enforcement accountable and takes a public well being method to public security. Federal laws, just like the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and the Folks’s Justice Assure can function fashions for the nation to comply with. These insurance policies, together with the Reality and Racial Therapeutic Act can assist us start the method of curing America of its anti-Black racism that’s so intricately and deliberately woven into the material of each American system and establishment. If we don’t, there will probably be extra mindless killings of Black folks by each police and vigilantes. It was vigilantes who killed Emmitt Until, Trayvon Martin, and Ahmed Aubery. The KKK had been additionally vigilantes created to terrorize and kill Black folks.”
“We name on President Biden, Congress, and elected leaders everywhere in the nation to steer for Black lives and lead for Black humanity.”