Monday, April 12, 2021

NOBLE Responds to Latest Excessive Force Incidents

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Responds to Latest Excessive Force Incidents

Alexandria, VA. – April 12, 2021 – Even as police reform measures are being enacted across many municipalities, as advocacy for reform grows, moreover as our nation is in the very midst of the trial for the death of George Floyd, with evidence and excruciating witness testimony bearing out the circumstances surrounding his death, we continue to be confronted with examples of excessive use of force, lack of transparency and understanding of the precept for police engagement fitting the encounter, and another unfortunate fatality of a citizen of color.

Yes, a complete picture of the events and actions surrounding the vehicle stops of Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario and Daunte Wright, which ended tragically, are still being investigated, but it begs the question of how we keep ending up "here?” How do we keep ending with physical force exceeding the perceived infraction? And why?

When will police executives and civic leadership stop having to explain away failures of those determined to flout the tenet of "serve and protect?”

Our thoughts and sincere prayers are with those at the center of these latest tragic circumstances; NOBLE remains committed as a partner for improved relations between public safety and the community, for transparency around deployed actions of force, and as importantly, advocating justice through action.


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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