Statement on Recent Events

“On behalf of the Urban League of Nebraska, I would like to express my condolences to the families of those Dallas, Texas police officers who lost their lives in the performance of their duties. I also mourn the loss of life of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. As someone who has spent a professional career in law enforcement and my adult life in service to the community, I am saddened by the divisive nature of these recent events. I am reminded by the inherent danger involved in police work and how relatively minor incidents can escalate into deadly force confrontations.
It is extremely important that as a community we respond appropriately to these tragic events. Police-community relations can only improve when officers treat citizens with dignity and respect. Trust and confidence in law enforcement is restored when officers conduct themselves in a professional manner. In Omaha, we benefit from having a police department that has been relatively transparent, with leadership that holds personnel accountable for their actions. We must support the concept of community-policing and not have the level of indifference that has been exhibited elsewhere in our country. It takes the police and community working together to maintain peace and sanctity in our City.”
Thomas H. Warren, Sr.
Urban League of Nebraska
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