We intend to bring attention to the problem of unfair and questionable policing in minority communities and help families who have suffered losses as a result of such unjust police violence. We will assist them with obtaining legal help, and when needed, provide financial assistance for funeral services and the like, along with college scholarships for any surviving children.
Our organization will provoke thought, dialogue and help to provide a resolution to the problem by using creative and innovative ideas that promote peaceful interactions, understanding and healing with the police; with the broader goal of bringing the community and police closer together for the good of the local communities and the cities they serve.
Crime exists now and will forever continue, so we desperately need the services of the police; however, we need the services of good police! We need police officers that will respect all life equally and apply deadly force only when absolutely necessary. I know this may sound a little crazy, but what happened to warning shots and shooting unarmed fleeing suspects in the leg?
Of course, we recognize that there are no simple or easy solutions to what has been a multi-generational relationship with the African American community and the police. In my youth, in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s growing up on the mean streets of Detroit, we had a great mistrust of the police and the scars can be everlasting—so we must make changes now so that these problems don’t persist into future generations.