The Truth, Hope and Justice Initiative will mobilize mothers and supporters from across the country today for a day of action on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this gathering is for mothers to #STAND in solidarity and address the need for police reform in America.
Specifically, the mothers believe the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kisela v. Hughes (No. 17-467) provides officers with unreasonable rights as it relates to the use of force. As Judge Sonia Sotomayor stated in her dissenting opinion: “Such a one-sided approach to qualified immunity transforms the doctrine into an absolute shield for law enforcement officers, gutting the deterrent effect of the Fourth Amendment….It tells officers that they can shoot first and think later, and it tells the public that palpably unreasonable conduct will go unpunished….”
This includes the tragic and unconstitutional police shootings of the following individuals in our communities: Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Samuel DuBose, Sandra Bland, Jose Nieves, Andy Finch, Stephon Clark, and many others.
“These courageous women are members of a sorority they never wanted to join. They have chosen to unite before Mother’s Day to demand justice and inspire new legislation for the children they have lost to unjustified police violence,” said Andrew M. Stroth, civil rights attorney and the Founder of the Truth, Hope and Justice Initiative.