Toolkit Addresses Police-Involved Fatalities

From left: Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant; and Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez. (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

The family of people who died at the hands of police officers joined law enforcement officials in unveiling a toolkit made for all sides to address such incidents and prevent them from happening, reports Amsterdam News. The group convened at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Feb. 26.

At Tuesday’s event, leaders from all sides of this issue—prosecutors, law enforcement experts and family members directly impacted—emphasized the importance of taking this first step together.

“It’s so important for families who have experienced these tragedies to be a part of the conversation about how to prevent them in the future. We hope the Toolkit, which was informed by our insight, will help guide prosecutors and police in taking step to address police shootings so that other families don’t have to experience them,” said Kadiatou Diallo, author, social activist and mother of Amadou Diallo.

Joining Diallo were the families of victims Anthony Baez, Sean Bell, Eric Garner and Delrawn Small, among others.

Go to Amsterdam News to read more on the year-long collaboration that went into producing the toolkit.

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