October 17, 2005
New Orleans Incident: A Sad Day for Law Enforcement.
SACRAMENTO — Minorities in Law Enforcement
(MILE) was dismayed by the recent footage out of New Orleans,
which appeared to show three police officers using excessive
force during an arrest.
“We are always concerned by any allegation of police
brutality, but the fact that this crime involved white
officers and an African-American suspect fuels growing
racial tensions nationwide,” said Regis Lane, MILE’s
“One of our organizations priorities is to develop
and support programs and policies that reduce racial conflict
and establish open lines of communication between law enforcement
and all minority communities.
We believe that this, along with positive programs for
at-risk youth, will help us achieve our ultimate mission—to
reduce the disproportionate number of minorities in the
criminal justice system.
As peace officers, our job is to fight crime and keep
our communities safe. But law enforcement also needs to
take the lead in fighting perceptions of racism and discrimination — both
inside our departments, as well as in our communities.
It will go a long way toward promoting public safety.”
MILE is dedicated to providing viable alternatives to
keep at-risk youth from turning to crime and supporting
community-based prevention and intervention programs aimed
at ending child abuse and neglect, drug use, gangs, unemployment