Anger at more police shootings

Anger at more police shootings

THE AMERICAN National Council of Churches has expressed outrage over still more police shootings of Black men. “It is hard to believe that we are in the position to have to issue another statement on police shootings,” reads the statement. “Yet, here we are.”

Jacob Blake III was shot by Wisconsin police on 23 August. “Video evidence seems to show clearly that Blake was unarmed and walking away from white police officers when he was shot multiple times in the back at point blank range in front of his three young children,” reads the statement.

The day before, Trayford Pellerin was shot by police in Louisiana. “The news of these tragic events are disheartening and cause us to ask the question, when will it end?” asked the church leaders. “We’re weary but not too tired to continue working for change and fighting for justice.”

The text also emphasises the need for police reform and increased de-escalation training. “Therefore, we repeat our call for full, transparent, and independent investigations of the conduct of the officers involved in both of these terrible shootings.

“For these injustices to continue after months of robust protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery as well as too many others, is indicative of how deeply broken our systems are and how much work is yet to be done to end racism, white supremacy and unconscious bias,” reads the statement. “And, we pray for our nation to heal and to move swiftly and decisively toward justice.”

 

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