Friday, November 25, 2016

Statement from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) on the Targeted Shootings of Police Officers

NOBLE President Perry Tarrant

November 22, 2016
Alexandria, VA-NOBLE National President Perry Tarrant released the following statement on the recent spate of police officers shot in the line of duty in several states around the nation:

"This past weekend, the law enforcement community suffered losses in what appears to be targeted shootings against police officers in, San Antonio, Texas, St. Louis, Missouri, Sanibel, Florida, and Gladstone, Kansas. On Sunday four officers were shot, leaving two mortally wounded, bringing the total number of police officer fatalities to 58 for this year.

We are saddened by this news and offer condolences and support to the families and colleagues of the officers lost. We stand in solidarity with local law enforcement agencies across the nation in denouncing these actions. As an organization, NOBLE is committed to the equitable administration of justice in every community in America and violence in any form, whether against citizens or law enforcement officers, cannot be tolerated.

Every day men and woman don uniforms and badges signifying the commitment to protecting our communities, Constitution, and way of life.  Less than one percent of our nation's population fill these roles.  Our nation's finest deserve your support as we continue the commitment towards 21st. Century Policing.  It is important that we speak out collectively against the unprovoked attacks on the guardians of democracy. 

NOBLE will continue to offer its support and expertise as law enforcement agencies investigate these incidents. Moreover, we will continue to work with citizens and the communities we serve to create and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships and promote greater community/police relationships." [End]

About the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners. For more information, visit 

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