As the nation grieves the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota, the National Urban League and our local affiliates have called for a thorough investigation of both shootings, and a comprehensive evaluation of police training and policies.
As these killings continue to shock the conscience of Louisianans and the nation, we look forward to the day when hastiness on behalf of police, poor training of police and aggression on behalf of police are behind us. The Urban League Movement has put forth a plan for police reform that includes review and revision of police “use of deadly force” policies, comprehensive retraining of all police officers, the appointment of special prosecutors to investigate police misconduct and widespread use of body cameras and dashboard cameras.
As the shootings and the protests that followed them demonstrate, there still is work to be done to build a more trusting relationship between our communities and those sworn to protect them. Coordination among local leaders, friends and neighbors and law enforcement is critically important in these trying times, and our affiliates in New Orleans and Minneapolis, led by Erika McConduit-Diggs and Steven Belton, will be leading the way.
The Urban League movement focuses to build inclusive communities that not only recognize African American humanity, but maximize the individual and collective contributions of all in our society. As we work to dismantle systems that humiliate, unjustly murder and continuously devalue black lives in America, our faith and works will be with the community as we strive to create sustainable change and improve upon the quality of life in our region and our nation.
Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League