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Oct 28, 2015

Black Women's Roundtable Responds to South Carolina School Incident

The Black Women’s Roundtable is extremely troubled by the recently released video showing the attack displayed by an off-duty police officer man-handling a young Black female student in his attempt to arrest her for not leaving the classroom fast enough in a local high school in Richland, South Carolina.

BWR Convener Melanie Campbell issued the following statement

Our children are our most precious commodity and their education and safety are paramount. For young Black girls and boys to be subjected to this kind of treatment in the name of “law enforcement” in the classroom is unconscionable and unjust.

In addition, it is our understanding by media reports that the arresting officer in question has faced charges of excessive force in the past and is currently facing a lawsuit. The Black Women’s Roundtable is in full support of the Department of Justice’s call for an independent FBI investigation into the mishandling of this arrest. We also call for a review of the school’s disciplinary and hiring procedures as well.

The Black Women’s Roundtable will continue to be vigilant in our call for criminal justice and policing reform across the country.

The Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) serves as the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security and prosperity, quality public education and global empowerment. BWR is at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policies on behalf of Black women and girls. BWR established its Intergenerational National Policy Network in 2008, which is comprised of a diverse group of Black women civic leaders representing international, national, regional and state-based organizations and institutions.

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