Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) calls for accountability for officers involved in the Sterling Brown video
The actions of these offices are horrible and they must be held accountable.
This latest video showing police abuse towards a Black community member is yet another example of police using excessive force with Black people in situations that do not call for it. We have been through this so many times that we have become numb to it. It shows that Black people, no matter how rich and famous, continue to not be safe under the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), nor any police department’s watch.
Once again we ask MPD: “Where is the accountability?” For MPD to send a Black officer to a Black church to ask for them to support the police, when the officers responsible won’t be punished, is unacceptable. The actions of these offices are horrible and they must be held accountable. If these actions are within the Milwaukee Police Department’s acceptable procedures, then those procedures need to be changed, immediately.
Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) has committed to listening to the wants and needs of residents and we know that safety is amongst the greatest concerns. However, MPD has shown that it is incapable of bringing safety without continuously violating the human rights of Black people. Why should Black people continue to support funding with their tax dollars an organization that is under-performing and beyond accountability? We need a change in how we reimagine how we keep our communities safe. Perhaps it is time we begin to fund alternative, more effective safety resources such as trauma counseling, community groups and youth activities.
BLOC is demanding that Chief Morales immediately discipline the officers involved in this situation and commit to reforming the police department to meet the needs of ALL residents.
BLOC works to ensure a high quality of life and access to opportunities for members of the Black community in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.
More about the Sterling Brown Incident
- Op Ed: Jim Crow and Urban America - Dr. Robert S. Smith - Jun 25th, 2018
- Brown Files Suit Against Milwaukee Police - Ximena Conde - Jun 19th, 2018
- Chief Won’t Name Cops Who Tased Brown - Ximena Conde - May 25th, 2018
- Sterling Brown incident authenticates predictions from years past - Ald. Tony Zielinski - May 25th, 2018
- Mahlon Mitchell Statement on the Release of Body Cam Footage Involving Sterling Brown - Mahlon Mitchell - May 24th, 2018
- Supervisor Moore Omokunde Statement on Sterling Brown Video - Sup. Supreme Moore Omokunde - May 24th, 2018
- City Hall: Police Reform Needed, Say Council Members - Jeramey Jannene - May 24th, 2018
- Rep. Bowen: Statement on release of bodycam footage of Sterling Brown - State Rep. David Bowen - May 24th, 2018
- Sterling Brown case leaves us with many unanswered questions - Ald. Bob Donovan - May 24th, 2018
- Supervisor Nicholson Statement on Sterling Brown Incident - Sup. Marcelia Nicholson - May 24th, 2018
- Gov. Scott Walker Quick to Weigh in on NFL Player Protests, Silent on Release of Footage Showing Authorities Assaulting Milwaukee Buck Sterling Brown - One Wisconsin Now - May 24th, 2018
- Murphy’s Law: Police Video Gets National Attention - Bruce Murphy - May 24th, 2018
- Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) calls for accountability for officers involved in the Sterling Brown video - Black Leaders Organizing for Communities - May 23rd, 2018
- Bucks Organization Statement on Sterling Brown - Milwaukee Bucks - May 23rd, 2018