Thursday, June 18, 2020

NOBLE: National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Responds to Charges in the Death of Rayshard Brooks

Alexandria, VA. - June 18, 2020 - Justice must be fair.  Justice must be transparent.  Justice must be equal.  Rayshard Brooks deserves justice," said NOBLE National President Cerelyn J. Davis in response to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard's announcement of the eleven (11) charges against one former officer and three (3) charges against the other officer involved in the death of Rayshard Brooks. "NOBLE believes in justice by action. The community and the officers involved deserve their day in court." 

Among the charges against both defendants are aggravated assault and violation of their oath of office.  In the charging documents, District Attorney Howard alleges following the shooting, the former officer kicked Mr. Brooks and the second officer at the scene stepped on Mr. Brooks' shoulder as he lay dying on the pavement from two gunshot wounds in the back.  The two officers would wait over two minutes before attempting to aid Mr. Brooks.  NOBLE supports agency policy that requires officers render immediate medical aid.  "The oath and policy remind us of the sanctity of life and compels law enforcement officers to do all we can to care for others regardless of their race, gender, religion, or the reason the officer engaged the citizen in the first place," said President Davis.  "Justice must be served." 

NOBLE has and will continue to work with law enforcement and community leaders to improve the partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.


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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