In Remembrance of George Floyd

In Remembrance of George Floyd

One year ago today, the death of George Floyd sparked a global movement and amplified ongoing conversation surrounding racial injustice, locally, nationally, and internationally. It shone a light on the current state of the policing profession as it relates to a crisis of public trust and the urgent need to repair fractured relationships with Black and racialized communities.

We have been called to reflect deeply on the realities of systemic racism, the lived experiences of Black and racialized people, and the role that criminal justice agencies have played in perpetuating real and perceived disadvantage and inequality.

As we mark this date, let us unite, reaffirming our commitment to excellence in law enforcement and being the custodians of our communities. Our strength lies in our ability to persevere in the face of adversity and to mobilize as a community of Black law enforcement professionals and allies. We must demand equity and embrace calls for greater transparency, accountability, and legitimacy in our profession.

We must also summon the courageousness that drew us to this profession and use it to combat the culture of silence, to call out malfeasance, to push past complicity, and to take decisive action to achieve inclusive excellence in law enforcement service delivery and within our organizations.

The Association of Black Law Enforcers is committed to working in collaborative partnerships to eradicate racial injustice in order to realize equity and prosperity for Black and racialized communities. We call upon law enforcement and justice services agencies across the country to partner with us in this commitment and to take immediate action to address systemic racism, in all of its forms.

 

 

With Respect,

Jacqueline Edwards, President - Association of Black Law Enforcers (A.B.L.E.)


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