Following Stephon Clark’s Murder, Young Black Elected Officials are Calling on Trump and Peers to Address Police Brutality Alongside Gun Violence
Washington, DC – Following the last night’s police killing of Saheed Vassell, and the brutal murder of Stephon Clark by police just two weeks ago, the National Black Caucus of the Young Elected Officials Network (YEO Network) has released a new police brutality agenda for the nation in an open letter to Donald Trump, California elected officials, and their peers nationwide. The letter, signed by 66 young black elected officials, calls for a joint approach to police brutality and gun violence, twin ills that are destroying lives of far too many young people of color.
See the open letter here: http://yeonetwork.org/a-joint-open-letter-to-end-police-violence-against-black-communities/
“Yesterday, police in Brooklyn needlessly killed Saheed Vassell, a mentally ill man who was well known in his community,” said Svante Myrick, mayor of Ithaca and head of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Official Network. “Two weeks ago, Stephon Clark was murdered in his own backyard. This violence won’t stop unless we make it stop, by demanding more accountability and a change in the way we police. Today, young black elected officials are coming together to say never again to police brutality, just as last week we said never again to gun violence.”