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Black Caucus Response to Shooting in MN, LA, and TX

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We the members and candidates of the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus condemn the violent acts that took place this week across our nation, including the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers and the horrific killing of police officers who were protecting peaceful demonstrators in Dallas.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims, families, and loved ones who have been affected by the incomprehensible violence taking place in communities across America. For some time now, we’ve witnessed an escalation of police-involved shootings and deaths of African-American men, women and children. These acts concern all of us.

Law enforcement officers have sworn to protect and serve all communities and citizens, regardless of skin color. While we know that few public safety officers are a threat to our communities, the fact that these incidents continue to happen only highlight the importance of coming together to rebuild trust.

The vicious attack that took place in Dallas is not the way to resolve these issues. We condemn the actions of those who have taken it upon themselves to target law enforcement officers. The voice of the black community must be heard, but nonviolent resistance is the only way to achieve the much-needed reforms to end this epidemic of murder of black men, women and children.

We recall the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.’”

The Black Caucus is committed to finding solutions that rebuild trust between our communities and law enforcement. We have worked with law enforcement and community members in the previous two legislative sessions to pass bills to end racial profiling, improve public safety and address excessive force in Colorado. We will continue this work in the upcoming session and call for peaceful unity during this time of tragedy

Sincerely,

The Members and Candidates of the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado

State Representative Jovan Melton, Co-Chair – House District 41

State Representative Angela Williams, Co-Chair – House District 7 (Candidate for SD 33)

State Representative Janet Buckner – House District 40

State Representative Rhonda Fields – House District 42 (Candidate for SD 29)

State Representative Candidate James Coleman – House District 7

State Representative Candidate Tony Exum, Sr. – House District 17

State Representative Candidate Leslie Herod – House District 8

State Representative Candidate Dominique Jackson – House District 42