It is with great compassion we view the suffering of our black and brown brothers and sisters at the hands of racist, violent police officers in our country. The recent killing of George Floyd was the spark that has set off protests in all 50 states and over 2000 American cities and towns including Long Beach but also internationally.
It was a spark that landed in the fuel of similar incidents of police brutality and murder of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Amadou Diallo, Freddie Gray and etc. etc. etc.
We know not all police officers are racist. Some have even joined the protests in sympathy. However, there are those police officers that are racist, who with excessive force injure and kill Black citizens and the system does not penalized them for their behavior. There exists systemic racism in police departments throughout our country. This system allows higher rates of stops, arrests, use of force and incarceration of people of color because of both bias and the reward structure.
This system must change.
Racism will not be eliminated in our country as quickly as we would like. But together with our community partners we will work to get the justice, fairness, inclusion and equity that makes us stronger as a nation.
Martin Luther King Jr.
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