Good afternoon, my name is Dylan Baca I am 17 years old and I am the founder and CEO of the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative. When the tragic deaths of Aubrey Ahmad, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Dion Johnson, Rashard Brooks, and numerous others was announced to us, there struck a deep and solemn note that has resounded far and wide throughout the United States and our global community.

These tragic events are reminiscent of our nation's painful past- not only in the form of brutality and violence but also the deep rooted discrimination against people of color that can be visibly seen in our criminal justice system, our schools, and our communities.

Since these horrific events have transpired feelings of grief and anger have swept over our nation and have caused us to confront the inscrutable idea that someone's life is deemed less valuable, less worthy, and less dignified based on the color of their skin.

While laws in the United States have changed over many decades, the protections that the laws give are not adequately applied to all communities, especially those of color. No one should be fearful of their country, of their communities and of being in their own skin.

The philosophy behind my organization is to support populations that have been marginalized within the United States. As my organization moves forward we pledge to support black communities and organizations. By supporting each other and working together we will overcome any obstacle. It is in the most challenging of times and circumstances that we will learn and grow and harness our collective power to better this nation. We must see each other equally, deserving of life, liberty, respect, dignity, and the presumption of innocence. It is time for our country to live up to the ideas of equal justice and equality for all professed in our founding documents. It is time to acknowledge the past and embrace the future and it is time to hear all voices for their is nothing more lonely than feeling unheard.

Dylan Baca,

Pinetop

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Conchodian

All respect to your for your efforts, however as an alternative to eliminating the police departments across the nation you should direct your efforts to these communities to providing education. There is NO denying and endless studies, prove crime within these areas of your concern is higher than others. We use the word crime in our communities to describe illegal activities. Its proven again by numerous studies "crime" as its referred to is typically far more violent in black communities than others. Common sense leads one to meet force with force in order to survive or protect others, resulting to what we have in the way of police involved shootings. I can ask to explain Chicago over Fathers day 2020, and the justification for the shootings and killings of innocents including small children. Can you blame that on white privileged or racism when the killings are within the same ethnicity and neighborhoods for that matter? No, because anything you tell me would be an excuse for a lack of respect for another's life. Then we have abortion in the black community. Abortion is the #1 killer of Black babies in the USA. Some 36% of all abortions in the US are done on black women,however they count for 13.3% of the population. referred to "Black Genocide".

This much is true: In the United States, the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women. Antiabortion activists, including some African-American pastors, have been waging a campaign around this fact, falsely asserting that the disparity is the result of aggressive marketing by abortion providers to minority communities. Yes, that would be the democrat party's love child, Planned Parenthood. Are they doing these communities a favor, Id say that's a matter of opinion. There are several factors that are undeniable in many aspects of the black community's strife. One of the most significant is the lack of fatherhood and family structure. Is this a result of racism or white privileged? No, not by a long shot. People can deny and protest all they want but blaming others for the entirety of ones problems and hoping if that changes and makes things acceptable to them is a pipe dream. Its time for many communities to come to terms with whats within and stop blaming the world for their own mistakes.

Russ_in_WML

You've been brainwashed by the left kid.

ArizAl

Dylan, thank you very for your courage to participate in an educated, civil discussion about matters of police brutality. An issue that has negatively affected and continues to affect the lives of many people of ethnic minority groups. I certainly agree with you that the problem of unjustified, unecessary, killings of american citizens by some in law enforcement is not something new and has failed to be addressed by our political leaders and by the chain of command in many police departments. It is after all, something very serious,it is the taking of human lives especially minorities, causing untold grief and agony to the families and forcing many to go on welfare with fatherless or motherless kids. It is also, depriving american citizens equal justice, due process of law, and all their constitutional Rights. If this were not true then millions of american citizens (Whites, Blacks,Hispanic,Asians, males and females) would not be out in the streets protesting, making their voices heard and demanding a change in law enforcement tactics and procedures in dealing with the public,a public that ironically pays their salaries. Adding to the discussion are several other points which should be looked at and considered. 1.) Why has law enforcement evolved to the point of shoot first and ask questions later? Why has our police departments become so militarized that they need military personell carriers with 50 caliber machine guns mounted on top, per the 1033 program? Example: Maricopa county with sheriff Arpiao. 2.) Why do the police departments in Florida, New Jersey, Pennslyvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Masschuesetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Washinton State, and Washinton D.C. employ training from the Israeli military forces in methods of "mass surveillance, racial profiling, and suppression of protest and dissent? 3.) Why is it that the cameras worn by police officers have the potential of being weaponized against american citizens, protesters, etc.etc. with facial recognition tools? 4.) What has caused our police departments to be in such a state of excessive fear and precaution that they are in need military equiptment and methods to do their work? Are they in fear of their lives from protesters with card board signs or are they afraid of being outgunned by criminals with military style firearms made readily available by republicans, the NRA, and the gun manufacturers. 5.) Why did Senate republicans and President Trump oppose the banning the use of choke holds and no-knock raids such as the one that caused the dreadful, mistaken death of an innocent person, Breonna Taylor?

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