The Center’s Statement on Recent Police Violence

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights expresses solidarity with peaceful demonstrators in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and advocates across the nation expressing their grief, anger and frustration at more Black lives lost at the hands of police.

Demonstrators have a right to be heard, to assemble, and to express their anguish at the ongoing trauma of police killing unarmed Black and Latinx people with impunity.

Pressure to transform law enforcement to ensure civil rights protection for all must ring out from the streets to the boardroom, and in all corners of American life.

This week we have seen more deaths of young men of color at the hands of police: Daunte Wright, aged 20, in Brooklyn Center and Matthew Williams, aged 35, in DeKalb County, Georgia. Video footage of the March 29 killing of Adam Toledo, aged 13, in Chicago was released this week.

In another incident, recent video footage showed police pepper spraying Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario, age 42, from Virginia, during a traffic stop last December.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights redoubles our call for just and equitable law enforcement practices that respect human rights.