NOBLE National President Brenda Goss Andrews has issued a public statement on this matter that you can read below. My message is to you, the chapter membership:
With the impending release of video and more details surrounding the death of Tyre Nichols, I am deeply saddened by this loss of life. Five officers have been terminated and also charged and arrested in his death. These are the first steps in seeking justice for Tyre and his family.
These officers absolutely violated their oaths to protect and serve. The terrible actions of a few in Memphis will affect many as emotions run high. As a member or supporter of this organization, I encourage you to have open dialogue with your families, friends, and members of your communities and share with them NOBLE’s mission of serving as the conscience of law enforcement and being committed to justice by action. Remind them of YOUR commitment to do the right thing and that you believe in accountability for those who choose not to.
It is said that in policing, each day we should be making deposits into the bank of community trust because there will come a time when we will need to make a withdrawal. That time is now.
Stay safe and let me know if I can be of assistance to you.
Natalie L. Ammons
Georgia Chapter President
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Statement on the Death of Tyre Nichols
"Justice by Action"
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Tyre Nichols. First and foremost, it is the position of NOBLE that everyone deserves to be treated as a human being and we ALL must respect the sanctity of life. Law enforcement executives must continue to train officers and hold them accountable to a standard that values human life. Doing so helps to strengthen and build trust in all our communities. The role of law enforcement depends in large part on having the trust of all our citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender. Law enforcement must be reminded that our role is to “serve and protect”.
The vast majority of our nation’s officers perform their duties admirably. Traffic stops should be handled whenever possible to prevent or minimize injury or death to the motorist, passengers, bystanders and the officers themselves. While this is a horrific incident, we are encouraged by the swift action of the Memphis Police Department and other law enforcement authorities to address the actions of the officers involved in the form of terminations and indictments.
I would like the family members and friends of Mr. Tyre Nichols to know that we at NOBLE stand with them today and in the future as we share in their sorrow.
Brenda Goss Andrews NOBLE National President