Statement on the Murder of Police Officer Darren Goforth

Yesterday in Texas Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman, District Attorney Devon Anderson and Alberto Rivera, past president of the Mexican American Sheriff’s Association, attempted to blame activists protesting racial profiling, police brutality and murder for the killing of Deputy Darren Goforth, age 47, by 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles. Anderson said, “It is time for the silent majority in this country to support law enforcement. There are a few bad apples in every profession, that does not mean there should be open warfare on law enforcement.” Hickman said, “This rhetoric has gotten out of control.” Rivera said, “With all the media going on, and the Black Lives Matter, they’re making cops seem bad and we’re seeing it on the streets.”

Every 28 hours, Black people are killed by police, security guards and vigilantes. Over 500 people overall have been killed by police in 2015, a pace that will exceed 1,000 killings in 2015. This isn’t “rhetoric”, these are facts. I will not be silent after watching video of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager shoot Walter Scott in the back, and University of Cincinnati cop Ray Tensing shoot Samuel DuBose in the head for starting his car.

I will not be silent after hearing Misha Charlton’s story about the murder of her sister Meagan Hockaday by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia. Garcia entered Meagan’s home without announcing himself, then immediately shot Meagan to death in front of her children. I will not be silent after hearing Laurie Valdez’s story of the murder of her husband Antonio Lopez Guzman by San Jose State University police officers. Images from the body camera of Sgt. Mike Santos, who shot Antonio, contradict Santos’ claim that Antonio was charging at other officers on the scene. The full body camera video has not been released EIGHTEEN MONTHS after the shooting.

A report by Samuel Walker found and that police union contract and bill of rights language provide cops who are the subject of death investigations up to 10 days before they have to give a statement. The Community Party’s goal is to repeal this language and other provisions that clearly place bad police officers above the law. Racial profiling, police brutality and murder MUST END. We are not wrong for making this demand. We denounce murder, whoever perpetrates the crime.

Resources:

http://www.operationghettostorm.org/

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/10/the-counted-500-people-killed-by-police-2015

http://killedbypolice.net/

http://samuelwalker.net/2015/05/walker-report-baltimore-police-union-contract-impedes-accountability/

David Samuels
Founder
Community Party

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