Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

The Answer is No

Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is very concerned going forward in light of the Freddie Gray decision in dropping all charges against the 6 officers and the recent Supreme Court ruling giving those same policemen broader power to violate our constitutional rights in the area of search and seizure.

The case had asked the justices to decide whether evidence uncovered during an unlawful police stop could be used against the person in possession of it — a question that requires an interpretation of the Fourth Amendment‘s prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures. It turns out that Edward Strieff, the Utah man at the center of the case, had been stopped by police officers who had a hunch that he was engaged in drug activity but didn’t have any real “reasonable suspicion” that he actually was, which is required by the Constitution for investigatory stops.

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, this gives police carte blanche powers to stop you for any reason, and if they found anything suspicious without understanding the full circumstances, it is likely you will go to jail. If you paint this particular scenario on top of the current atmosphere of white racist murderous police officers systematically gunning down African Americans, one can only hold their breath on what is to come. Now that an African American Judge, Barry Williams, has provided a legal framework where in the opinion of the Church, you can kill African Americans at will. We do not believe Black males will be safe around police going forward this is why we have said, we cannot trust the police.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “Sotomayor, the distinguished justice, vigorously defended against this type of lawlessness and carte blanche unconstitutional power that will be given to the most ignorant element of our society, the police, to systematically delineate their own personal racist bias feelings over and against the law. Remember the law says even if the police breaks the law they will still be able to arrest you for whatever they deem necessary. In the case of African Americans they will be able to kill you and get away with it thanks to the law, the Supreme Court’s ruling and the interpretation of Judge Barry Williams, this is the Church’s opinion.”


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