State Rep. David Bowen
Press Release

Rep. Bowen: Statement on Juneteenth day of action

"The liberation that we celebrate on Juneteenth Day still has not been fully realized."

By - Jun 19th, 2018 03:12 pm

MILWAUKEE – In commemoration of the Juneteenth day of action, State Representative David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:

“The liberation that we celebrate on Juneteenth Day still has not been fully realized, as an epidemic of police violence toward Black people continues to plague our nation,” Bowen said.

Earlier this year, Bowen joined members of the National Black Caucus of the YEO Network in launching a nationwide joint letter, signed by more than a hundred state and local elected officials, calling on President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take immediate action to end police and state-supported violence against Black people and to hold bad actors accountable for their actions.

“In Milwaukee, a high profile case continues making headlines in which Sterling Brown, a Black professional athlete, was tased by police when officers escalated a conversation about a parking violation,” said Bowen. “Officers received minimal corrective action for their abuse of power, and that lack of accountability is protected by state law which must change.”

Today, Rep. Bowen and members of the National Black Caucus of YEO call for:

  • Federal, state, and local prosecutors to prosecute police misconduct. We expect prosecutors to achieve justice and use their power to monitor police abuse.
  • Local prosecutors to create a local civil rights unit dedicated to investigating and prosecuting police misconduct fairly, transparently, and independently.
  • State attorneys general to provide recommendations and guidelines for local prosecutors and investigators of misconduct to ensure police accountability.
  • DOJ as well as state and local prosecutors to launch systemic investigations when agencies are suspected of engaging in “pattern of practice” violations and discrimination.
  • Local mayors and city councils to create civilian oversight structures, select police chiefs who prioritize building trust with communities, conduct de-escalation and life preserving trainings, develop protocols to ensure these trainings are observed, and support alternative mental health interventions.
  • Every police department to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve and reject misguided practices such as ‘broken windows’ and ‘stop & frisk.’
  • Explore regulations on police use of firearms.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by State Rep. David Bowen

Rep. Bowen: Statement on release of bodycam footage of Sterling Brown

"While it may have taken police violence against a high profile victim to once again raise public awareness, these unnecessarily escalated situations have become commonplace and officers continue to face little or no consequences."

Statement on lack of charges or discipline for officers involved in tasing death of Adam Trammell

"Police violence is at an epidemic level in our country, and the victims are disproportionately people of color and those suffering from mental illness, who are up to 16 times more likely to be killed by police."

Statement on the passing of the Honorable Vel Phillips

“My deepest condolences to her family and those who know and love her. May she rest in peace.”

One thought on “Rep. Bowen: Statement on Juneteenth day of action”

  1. Gene Haas says:

    This was a sad moment in our community. Although Mr. Brown admittedly recognized that he had parked illegally, and was subject to a parking violation, this was an insignificant infraction and became completely blown out of proportion by some “untrained” police officers. It definitely appears to have links to racial profiling…absolutely unnecessary.

    Perhaps Mr. Brown’s forthcoming lawsuit will help bring this uncivil action to the front and help train present and future police officers to respect, and treat, ALL people, regardless of their heritage, in a proper civil manner.

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