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NAACP Challenges Bucks Police to Speak Out Against Racism and the Unjust Killing of Black Americans by Law Enforcement

NAACP Challenges Bucks Police to Speak Out Against Racism and the Unjust Killing of Black Americans by Law Enforcement | Anti Discrimination |

Every police department in Bucks County must publicly speak out against racism and the unjust killing of black Americans by law enforcement.


That was the challenge issued Tuesday by members of the Bucks County NAACP, which led a rally of more than 300 supporters through the streets of Bensalem's Linconia section.


Sixteen days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, local civil rights leaders vowed to continue daily demonstrations demanding change.


"Not all of law enforcement are bad cops," said Nicholas Christian, of Bensalem. "We must not blame the entire community of police officers for the racism of some. But we must also hold them accountable if they choose to remain silent. To be silent today is to condone it tomorrow," Christian told a crowd of more than 200 people gathered in Bensalem's Linconia Park.


"We need your voices in the fight," Christian said of local police. "We need you to stand up and speak up on our behalf in rooms that we are not invited into."


Speaking at the rally, a young woman named Sonia said she still gets dirty looks from others in her community. Sonia declined to provide her last name because, she said, she feared backlash from that community.


"We're out here in Bensalem," she said. "It's nice. But you do get 'othered.' And you do feel the othering. And, you tend to go home and ask yourself, 'What's wrong with me?'"


Kimberly Lamonte, of Bensalem, said the civil rights protests "were not a moment but a revolution. This won't end until we see real, real change."

johnmacknewtowns insight:

@Newtown_Police Chief John Hearn read a message to the community at the June 10, 2020, Board of Supervisors meeting. Regarding "the tragic death of Mr. Floyd " and "the civil unrest." Listen here:

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