The deaths of Michael Brown, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, Scott Walker, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray are all grim reminders that there are two kinds of policing in America today: one to serve and protect the white community and one to criminalize and control the Black community.
In the immediate aftermaths of these stories one clear mandate has emerged: systemic reform on a national scale is necessary.
The aggressive militarized response of local, county, and state law enforcement to the protests impact many interrelated areas of concern for the ACLU nationwide, including racialized policing, police use of force, the militarization of police, and the First Amendment. To serve and protect is not a suggestion. It is an obligation that law enforcement must apply equally to all communities. Otherwise, there will only be more unnecessary deaths.
Below are a set of resources designed to help advocates, communities, journalists, and all other invested parties get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.