An Open Letter to National Association of Social Workers on Law Enforcement

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From Medium: “We have yet to see our social work leaders take a bold stance on police divestment. As the murders of Black people at the hands of law enforcement continue despite decades of ‘well intentioned’ reform, we continue to see little to no accountability in many of these cases. As an evidence-based profession, we need to acknowledge that there is no evidence that reform strategies such as ‘bias training’ can eliminate lethal use of force against Black people or reduce racial disparities at every level of the carceral system. Rather than immediately endorsing President Trump’s executive order, we need to take a step back, examine our existing relationships with law enforcement and with the Black community, and seriously consider which relationships we want to prioritize as a profession and how we will go about doing so.”

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