For Immediate Release
F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association P.O. Box 153
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
West Palm Beach, FL. (July 8, 2016) – The members of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association (FMCBA) are deeply saddened by the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. These killings raise questions as to the use of deadly force in law enforcement detention cases. We are equally saddened about the five law enforcement officers that were killed and seven others that were injured by ambush during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas. We express our condolences to the families of all those lost. Violence towards law enforcement is not the appropriate response to the justified anger and outrage over police killings of members of the black community.
We are an action-based organization and will be taking measures to repair trust and foster respect between law enforcement and the community. We are calling for meetings with law enforcement agency heads, elected officials, and community leaders throughout Palm Beach County and Florida to develop an action plan to make “community policing” a reality. We will also demand the institution of proper police training and policies to deal with explicit and implicit biases towards our community.
We call for peace and for our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, families, friends, and law enforcement officers to all make it home safely. We encourage our community and law enforcement to work together to ensure that all law enforcement encounters are conducted with mutual respect with a goal of safety for all those involved. We encourage our community to immediately report any police misconduct to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
We will continue our efforts to be advocates and promote improvement in the law and in the method of its administration within the community.
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MEDIA CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Lawonda R. Warren, Esq., FMCBA President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.