The militarization of police departments across the country continues to instill fear in communities of color. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on November 17th in advance of the grand jury verdict. The people of Ferguson who organized peaceful protests and weekends of resistance will face further cases of police brutality as Governor Nixon activated the National Guard to do what the Missouri State Police deem necessary under Executive Order 14-14 to appropriately respond to any reaction.
People of color of all ages and ethnicities will be met with tear gas, clubs, and even rubber bullets for speaking out against the injustices minorities face living in America. “Regardless of the fear tactics that the government and police department will enforce, our collective voice will not be silenced,” said Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President. “We are all Mike Brown, black lives matter, and we will not stand idle while communities of color continue to be terrorized by the police and are treated like second class Americans.”
Self-evident police brutality and the cold blooded murder of Mike Brown exemplify how faulty the criminal justice system is. “The discrimination and criminalization of America’s police department against people of color is unacceptable,” said Gregory A. Cendana, APALA National Executive Director. “We need to stand together as one to end the cycle of police oppression in communities of color and demand justice.”
Communities of color all throughout the country will take action against what took place in Ferguson. An injustice to one is an injustice to all, make your voice heard and take part in local actions across the country by clicking HERE.