At Prudence Crandall Center, we stand in solidarity with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) in the statement and social media post made by their President & CEO, Deborah J. Vagins regarding the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man killed by Memphis police officers earlier this month.
While we truly value and appreciate the partnerships we have with our local police departments, we recognize the need for change within many of our systems.
We would like to highlight and affirm Ms. Vagins’ statement that, “Despite widespread protests and calls for police reform… our country’s system of law enforcement continues to terrorize Black Communities and other Communities of Color. Our work to end domestic violence cannot be separated from police violence and other state-sanctioned violence.” We also recognize the need to follow NNEDV’s lead in “striving to follow the lead of Black advocates and Black-led organizations within and beyond our movement”.
We are committed to racial and social justice and are grateful to learn from others in this movement – a movement to end violence and restore hope.