Mothers Against Police Brutality denounces deadly police brutality and vigilante violence against African-Americans: “We must end this annual wave of official killings!”

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George Floyd Killed by MPD 5/25/2020

PRESS STATEMENT
May 27, 2020

Contact:
Mothers Against Police Brutality
Collette Flanagan, collette@mapbdallas.com
John Fullinwider, 214-683-2493, jhfullinwider@gmail.com
Sara Mokuria, 214-454-3980, saramokuria@gmail.com

Mothers Against Police Brutality

The killings of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville, the killings by police in Indiana of Dreasjon “Sean” ReedMcHale Rose, and Ashlynn Lisby, and the killing of Ahmaud Arbery by vigilantes in Georgia remind us in the worst way that deadly police brutality and white racism have not taken a break during the pandemic. 

These unconscionable killings are among more than 375 homicides by U.S. law enforcement so far this year. “America is well on its way to a sixth straight year of a thousand people shot to death by police,” said Collette Flanagan, founder of MAPB, whose unarmed son, Clinton Allen, was killed by Dallas police in 2013. “And countless others are beaten, kicked, choked, slapped, and otherwise abused by police officers. Our hearts go out to the families of George Floyd and the other families grieving today. We will not forget you. We must end this annual wave of official killings – and we will.”

Although it plays out in diverse local contexts, police homicide is a national crisis that demands a national response. “We need national standards for the use of deadly force, with specifics in federal legislation indicating when deadly force is not allowed,” said John Fullinwider, co-founder of MAPB. “For example, when a subject is unarmed, fleeing, or not using deadly force against officers. We also need national standards for training in the use of deadly force, with trainers vetted by civil rights experts within DOJ.”

MAPB supports federal prosecutors in every fatal officer-involved-shooting (OIS) or other deadly use of force, (e.g., choke holds and other suffocation methods). The police report released in the death of Mr. Floyd was not accurate, leaving out the proximate cause of death – that is, the officer placing his knee on this unarmed man’s neck till he lost consciousness. This is not uncommon in police reports of OISs, which often, for example, omit when a suspect is shot in the back. Police departments and local prosecutors generally do not deliver accountability in OISs. Of a thousand killings by officers per year, less than 7 on average result in indictments, with even fewer convictions. The fact remains that in America, a police officer can do anything to you, even kill you, and 99 per cent of the time, nothing will happen – no charges, no indictments, no trials, no convictions.

At the same time, MAPB advocates changing policing itself, to reduce encounters between residents and officers. For example, mental health crises should be addressed first by mental health counselors, clinicians, and social workers – not by police. “Over-policing, racial profiling, and use of deadly force are not reducing crime in our communities,” said Sara Mokuria, co-founder of MAPB, whose father was killed by Dallas police. “Raising living standards, increasing public health, and providing arts, recreation, and cultural experiences should be prioritized in city budgets – not cut as presently to provide more police.”

About Mothers Against Police Brutality

Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB)

Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) is a Dallas-based multi-generational, multi-racial, and multi-ethnic coalition uniting people nationally, from all walks of life, to hold law enforcement agencies more accountable. Collette Flanagan founded MAPB in 2013 after her son, Clinton Allen, an unarmed young man in custody, was shot to death by a Dallas police officer. MAPB works for an immediate end to the use of deadly force against unarmed persons; for changes in the overall use of excessive and deadly force to stop unnecessary injury and death; for changes in the treatment of mentally ill persons by police; for assistance to the families of the victims of police violence; for transparency and objectivity in the investigations of police misconduct; and for other changes in police policies and procedures to protect the lives of civilians, with a particular focus on protecting the lives of African American and Latino youth. Transforming grief into determination, Flanagan and MAPB are leading the charge to change deadly force policy in Dallas and throughout the U.S., lifting up families who have lost loved ones to police violence, and to help restore trust between the police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect.

6 Responses

  1. Billie Jean

    Do you need volunteers? My niece (She is 21) is passionate about putting an end to systemic oppression and told me wants to know how to help put an end to it. She works full time so I assisting by putting out feelers for her.

    It would most likely need to be during the week. Maybe 3 hours if it’s on a day she works. Longer of she is off.
    Thank you.

  2. Kimberly Smith

    I have recently learned of your organization and am interested in learning more about it. I have not lost a loved one and can never feel what the families who have are experiencing but would love to join. I feel this could be a group focused on changing the system for all.

  3. Carol M

    I have been looking for a cause to get involved with. I have not lost a child, but I don’t have to lose one to understand that Mom’s are hurting, and the black community is hurting.
    This has gone on way too long. I have been researching what I can do to help. More people should get involved and we must work together to create the change that HAS to happen before anyone else does

  4. Deborah Higginbotham

    My son was shot by the police. He was an unarmed passenger in a traffic stop. He is alive but suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury and is currently in a wheelchair and intensive therapy. The police officer is pleading the fifth amendment. I have been in search for such a group for 2 years.

  5. Clare

    Hello Mrs. flanagan,

    First of all, my sincere condolences on the senseless murder of your beloved son.

    I moved to Dallas in 2019, after fleeing Central america where a government killed over 300 mainly unarmed democratic protesters in 2018. One of the first victims was a 15 yr. Old who delivered drinking water to university student protesters. His parents wrongly assumed he was in school at that moment. The government hospital denied him proper medical care and he died from a bullet in his throat which didnt allow him to breathe. That was a life changing experience for me.

    I’ m interested in sharing my experience with your group and collaborating with your group’s effort.

    Regards,

    Clare

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