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Statement Opposing the President’s Comments Encouraging Use of Force Against Members of our Community

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Juvenile Justice Advocates Express Disappointment over Lack of Critical Funding for FY 2017
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JUVENILE JUSTICE IN THE PRESIDENT’S FY17 BUDGET PROPOSAL
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U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Federal Juvenile Justice Law
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Bi-Partisan Leadership in the Senate Moves to Reauthorize Federal Juvenile Justice Legislation
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Bipartisan consensus on strengthening federal law to reduce incarceration, make state juvenile justice systems more fair, improve public safety
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Coalition Leaders Applaud Administration’s Budget Recommendations for Critical Juvenile Justice Funding
Act 4 Juvenile Justice Coalition (2015)

 

 

Statement Opposing the President’s Comments Encouraging Use of Force

Against Members of our Community

July 31, 2017

As organizations dedicated to child and youth well-being, including advocates for young people, families, community safety and justice, we strongly condemn President Trump’s comments to law enforcement officers on Friday, July 28, 2017 encouraging the use of force against members of our community.

The President’s comments were related to keeping the public safe from threats, yet they are absolutely contrary with his intended message. It is not safe for police to engage in brutality against citizens, a fact acknowledged by law enforcement leaders around the country. It is not safe for communities or law enforcement if police-community relations are characterized by distrust. It is not safe for people to be afraid of police, or for police to view the citizens they are charged with protecting as “thugs” or disposable people for whom the rule of law, due process and basic dignity do not apply.


Rather, public safety is best achieved when communities trust the police, when police treat communities and their members with dignity and when residents have safe places to recreate.


We believe the President’s comments not only insult the profession of policing but also don’t reflect options of most police officers. We call on all law enforcement and public safety officials to recommit to supporting the guidelines of 21st century policing, that support communities and law enforcement to strengthen collaboration and trust while enforcing the law.


We know this is a better way to reduce crime and violence in our communities. We know the best way for law enforcement officers to be safe themselves and to promote public safety, is to engage in community policing strategies, where police and residents are partners in building healthy and sustainable communities; where law enforcement is not the only “social service” provider in the community, but has the resources and relationships necessary to divert calls to appropriate partner agencies and organizations as a more collaborative and effective approach to public safety.


We support the members of the law enforcement community who have committed to rigorous training and clear protocols that prohibit use of force against members of our community, particularly in communities of color who have long borne the brunt of police brutality and over-enforcement measures.

We support the many members of the police who join the force as civil servants, to “serve and protect” not to “rough up” community members and are buoyed by the statements of police departments and professional membership associations across the country condemning the President’s comments, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, who issued a statement that included the following excerpt “Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy.” 

We encourage all law enforcement and public safety officials to join us, IACP and others around the country, who are speaking out against the President’s encouragement of police brutality.

Signed by Members,

           

                        California Youth Justice Coalition

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Campaign for Youth Justice

Citizens for Juvenile Justice

            Coalition for Juvenile Justice

            Center for Children’s Law & Policy

            Equal Justice USA

            Futures without Violence

            Iowa Coalition 4 Juvenile Justice

            Iowa CURE

            Justice 4 Families

Justice Policy Institute

            Juvenile Law Center

Legal Action Center

Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights

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NAACP

National Juvenile Justice Network

Public Justice Center

Strategies for Youth

The National Crittenton Foundation

The Sentencing Project

W. Haywood Burns Institute

Youth Advocates Program

Youth First Initiative

Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice