"Racial profiling has got to stop. Just because you wear a hoodie, doesn't make you a hoodlum."
On March 30, 2017, the CBC co-hosted a forum with the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, and the Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, on building trust between communities of color and police officers. Panelists included NFL player Malcolm Jenkins, former NFL player Anquan Boldin, and Professor Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD, the Cofounder and President of the Center for Policing Equity.
"Hands up, don't shoot" - Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09)During the forum, panelists discussed their own experiences with the police, including the experiences of their family members, and how they hope to improve relationships between communities of color and the police while supporting programs to help inmates successfully re-enter their communities. Boldin’s cousin Corey Jones was shot by a police officer while waiting for roadside assistance.
"Corey was a good kid. He played drums in church. But his faith couldn’t keep him alive," Boldin said during the forum.
In addition to publicly calling on DOJ to launch civil rights investigations police brutality cases and introducing and advocating for the passage of criminal justice reform and 21st century policing measures, the forum was one of many examples of recent efforts by the CBC to hold police accountable at the federal level for excessive use of force.
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