The Arab American Association of New York Stands in Solidarity with Mike Brown and His FamilyThe Arab American Association of New York Stands in Solidarity with Mike Brown and His Family Media contact: Linda Sarsour, firstname.lastname@example.org, 917.306.3323
Last night, Missouri’s grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed 18 year old unarmed Black youth, Mike Brown. Mike Brown and his family deserved an open and fair trial. This decision is an injustice to all communities in the United States, from New York City to Ferguson. It sends the message that police officers are not accountable to the crimes that they commit against the citizens that they are supposed to protect, and that there is lesser value on black life in America.
“Police brutality is a systemic problem that exists not only in Ferguson but also here in NYC. Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Mohamad Bah - and the list goes on of black people that have been killed by the police. The AAANY is disheartened by this decision. We are angry, we are frustrated and we are recommitted to changing the systems that perpetuate and protect these injustices. We as a community must hold the police accountable to their actions and send a strong message that police brutality, use of excessive force will not be tolerated,” said Linda Sarsour, executive director of Arab American Association of New York
AAANY stands in solidarity with the family of Mike Brown and communities of color across the country that have been victimized by the police department merely on account of the color of their skin. We know all too well what it means to be targeted by the New York Police Department based solely on the perceived faith we follow. All communities deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We will only move forward when we acknowledge that racism exists and commit to tear down the walls that separate us.