For immediate release
January 28, 2023
We are disgusted and outraged that police have murdered yet another unarmed Black man. Despite a national uprising over racist police brutality in 2020, police killings reached a record high in 2022, during which law enforcement officers killed 1,176 people.
What is it going to take for us to wake up?
We grieve for Tyre’s family and friends, sending our love and solidarity to everyone he left behind. We are outraged knowing it could have been any one of our union’s Black and Brown members. The fight against police recklessness, racism, and violence is a fight for the lives of our members and the communities that they live in. They are in danger when they get pulled over, walk the streets, or walk a picket line.
Meanwhile, police departments like the SCORPION unit involved in Tyre’s murder receive untold billions in taxpayer dollars while workers across the country struggle to put food on the table. America’s epidemic of police brutality — where police departments flush with resources target working class Black and Brown workers — lays bare the racist inequities at the heart of our movement’s struggle. It’s intolerable.
We must do whatever it takes to realize true justice in this broken country.