The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Statement on Law Enforcement and Undocumented Immigration
ALEXANDRIA, VA- Recent Federal policy changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other protective measures have heightened tensions within immigrant communities across the country and affected the relationship with local law enforcement. The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) National President Perry Tarrant released the following statement regarding the responsibility of local law enforcement and undocumented immigration:
“The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) supports strategies that reduce violent crime in all communities. Immigrant communities are also victims of crime regardless of their immigration status. They, like other minority communities, are under served and mass deportation breaks up families and widens the gap to prosperity. NOBLE is the conscience of law enforcement and from the charter of the organization we have sought equal protection for all under the law as promised in the amendments of the U.S Constitution.
The record levels of violence in several cities around the country are of great concern. NOBLE will continue to work through 21st Century Policing to engage local communities, regardless of immigration status, to reduce crime. We believe reducing crime without creating further disparity is a community and national priority. We want to reinforce relationships between communities and policing. We believe there are greater issues of equity and access facing our nation than immigrant communities.”
On this MLK Day may we be called to action and guided by Dr. King’s and these words: “Going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination – in hiring, in housing, in education and the criminal justice system. That’s what our Constitution and highest ideals require. But laws alone won’t be enough. Hearts must change. If our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, each one of us must try to heed the advice of one of the great characters in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said, ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’” – President Obama
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Joins the Nation in Celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Holiday
[Alexandria, VA] On Monday, January 16, 2017, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) will join the nation in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. NOBLE encourages its many members and constituents to participate in the National Day of Service as a tribute to the memory of Dr. King a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the cause for civil rights and human rights.
“On behalf of the Executive Board, chapters, and members of NOBLE, we celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by continuing to dedicate ourselves to ensuring equity in the administration of justice,” stated Perry Tarrant, NOBLE National President.
Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
NOBLE Partners with the Chicago Police Athletic League and the NBA Foundation for Basketball Youth Clinic
Yesterday, members of our chapter spent the day at a Basketball Youth Clinic, a collaborative event between NOBLE, the Chicago Police Athletic League, and the National Basketball Association Foundation which welcomed over a hundred youth at the Chicago Police Academy. In addition to getting pointers from retired NBA legends and playing basketball, participants were educated about criminal and civil rights law as well as making good choices through NOBLE’s “The Law & Your Community” and were able to learn about safe driving Better Practices through NOBLE’s Safe Driving Program simulator. We look forward to being part of this event next year!
NOBLE National President Perry Tarrant released the following statement on the officer involved shooting fatality of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, OK:
“On Friday, September 16, 2016, Terence Crutcher, a Tulsa resident, was fatally shot after police received reports of an abandoned disabled vehicle hindering traffic. According to the video released by the Tulsa police on Monday, Crutcher is seen walking slowly toward his vehicle with his arms raised and is hit with a “Taser” device upon reaching the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Crutcher is shot dead by Officer Betty Shelby. Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan has confirmed that Crutcher did not have a weapon on his person or in his vehicle.
“Mr. Crutcher’s death is another officer involved fatal shooting of an African American man. The nature of this particular incident is alarming as video shows that Mr. Crutcher is unarmed and not actively resisting or engaging the officers. The chiefs, executive officers, and membership of NOBLE await further facts and the circumstances articulating the need to apply “deadly force” in this situation. We understand this is a very difficult time for the Crutcher family and we offer our thoughts and sympathy for their loss. The continued attention to this incident will also impact the community.
“NOBLE’s mission is the equitable administration of justice to every community in the United States. As such, we must diligently monitor cases where there appears to be police impropriety. We have been in contact with Chief Jordan and local NOBLE leadership as we are available to review the investigation for thoroughness. Additionally, given Officer Shelby’s indictment, we are prepared to support the community through our trust-building programs throughout and after this legal process.”
NOBLE National President Perry Tarrant released the following statement on the officer involved shooting fatality of Tyre King in Columbus, OH:
“On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Tyre King, a 13-year-old Columbus resident, died after being shot multiple times while holding what was determined to be a BB gun. King was shot after officers responded to a report of an armed robbery. The initial investigation indicates that King was not involved in the armed robbery and was not a target of the investigation. This is a tragedy for Tyre King’s family and community. Our Thoughts and prayers go out to them.
“NOBLE’s mission is the equitable administration of justice to every community in the United States. As an African American organization, we are concerned by the confluence of the deaths of our youth and the availability of firearm replicas (toy guns). The death of this young man is a part of a nationwide crisis of epidemic proportions. This cannot be the narrative of law enforcement, our nation, and certainly not our community. Going forward, we must develop and execute policies aimed at reducing gun deaths of our next generation.
“We have been in contact with authorities in Columbus and local NOBLE leadership as we are available to review the investigation for thoroughness and prepared to support the community through our building trust programs.”
NOBLE Chicago Metro Chapter President Williams Forum Panelist at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference
Today NOBLE Chicago Metropolitan Chapter President Chief Eugene Williams will be a panelist at the “Make Me Wanna Holler: Throw Up Both My Hands” forum as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. The theme for this year’s forum was inspired by Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” whose lyrics are quite relevant in these current times. “Crime is increasing / Trigger happy policing / Panic is spreading / God know where we’re heading.” Chief Williams will share the panel with Congressman Bobby L. Rush as the host, CNN Politics Reporter Eugene Scott, Host of “The Right Side With Armstrong Williams” Armstrong Williams, NFL Player Will Allen, Ms. Maria Hamilton, Founder of Mothers for Justice United, Mr. Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump, “Protect and Save” Chicago Activist Marseil Jackson, and psychologist Dr. Angela Priester. The panel will analyze the current tensions and systemic issues between the black community and law enforcement as well as the rising violent crimes in black neighborhoods and strive to identify solutions.
FBI Chicago Division, in partnership with Chicago State University (CSU), is pleased to announce the following event:
“21st Century Policing: A Comprehensive Model to Rebuild Trust between Law Enforcement Agencies and the Communities They Protect and Serve”
In an ongoing effort to improve the communication and relationship between law enforcement and the community, the FBI Chicago Division is partnering with CSU to host a law enforcement and community engagement symposium. The symposium will provide a forum for open dialog to discuss the decay of law enforcement trust and legitimacy, stemming from legal, social, and policy issues associated with race relations and use of force incidents in minority communities. The symposium will be structured within the framework of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing model, utilizing findings and recommendations of the report to facilitate an organized approach to discuss options, suggestions, and ongoing law enforcement initiatives to build community trust, while reducing crime and mitigating excessive force incidents.
Where: CSU’s Academic Library, 9501 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm (Check-In will begin at 8:30am)
Please join us for a full-day examination of how law enforcement can build community trust, while reducing crime and mitigating excessive force incidents.
1. Our maximum capacity for the symposium will be 200 individuals.
2. Box lunches will be provided. If you have any dietary concerns, please indicate that when you RSVP.
3. The dress attire for the day is business professional.
4. Parking will be free to symposium attendees. Please let the attendant know that you are coming to the “FBI Symposium.” They can direct you to the appropriate parking lot.
The tentative agenda is as follows:
8:30 am Registration
9:30 am Opening Remarks – CSU/FBI Representatives
9:45 am Overview of the President’s 21st Century Policing Report
10:00 am Panel 1 – Building Trust and Legitimacy
The Building Trust and Legitimacy panel will address the historical perspective that has formed the current relationship between the community and law enforcement, while offering best practices and detailing current law enforcement initiatives that promote crime reduction while building public trust.
11:15 am Break
11:30 am Keynote Speaker – “Race and Law Enforcement” – Terry G. Hillard (Retired Chicago Police Department Superintendent & Retired Partner, Hillard Heinze)
12:00 Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Panel 2 – Policy and Oversight
The Policy and Oversight panel will address the legal standards that form use of force policies, procedural and policy reforms, and the role of government and community based organizations in ensuring law enforcement accountability, oversight, and transparency.
2:15 pm Closing Remarks
To register contact, Community Outreach Specialist Braden at Birdella.Braden@ic.fbi.gov