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    Resolution On the Use of Excessive Force....

    The Episcopal Diocese of Tennesse recently passed a resolution On the Excessive Use of Force Against Unarmed Citizens. Below is the resolution as it was listed on page 40 of the convention agenda:

    Quote Originally Posted by Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee
    Resolution On the Use of Excessive Force Against Unarmed Citizens
    Submitted by: the Mission Council of St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church, Nashville
    Whereas, in the Baptismal Covenant, Episcopal Christians agree to “strive for justice and peace
    among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being” (BCP page 294), and the book of
    Genesis chapter one, teaches that all human beings are made in God’s image, and chapter four
    teaches that we are our “brother’s keeper”, the continued use of deadly force by law enforcement
    officers against unarmed citizens, especially racial and ethnic minorities, is an ongoing issue of concern,
    particularly in light of the deaths of 18yr old Mr. Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO; 43 yr old
    Eric Garner of Staten Island, NY; 12 yr old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, OH; and 27 yr old Akai
    Gurley of New York, NY.
    Whereas, The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has urged the
    United States “to halt the excessive use of force by police officers” and questions if the United
    States, by its not doing, perpetuates racial and social injustices/disparities among its racial and ethnic
    minority populations. “Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem
    in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” cited
    Nouredine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman at a recent news briefing:
    “The Committee remains concerned at the practice of profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement
    official including the FBI, Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement official
    and local police. This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States,
    such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations
    governing the use of force and the inadequacy of law enforcement officials.”
    Whereas, Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Missouri
    chapter stated, "Unarmed African-American men are shot and killed by police at an alarming rate.
    This pattern must stop." However, quantifying that pattern is difficult. Federal databases that track
    police use of force or arrest-related deaths paint only a partial picture. Police department data are
    scattered and fragmented. No agency appears to track the number of police shootings or killings of
    unarmed victims in a systematic, comprehensive way. NAACP president Cornell Williams Brooks
    told Mother Jones, “It's a culture in which people suspected of minor crimes are met with
    "overwhelmingly major, often lethal, use of force." 1
    Therefore, be it resolved that the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee:
     condemns the use of excessive force against unarmed citizens.
    encourages Episcopalians to stand up, speak up and organize/collaborate with credible assemblies
    to right the wrong of excessive use of force by police.
    will initiate the dialogue with the appropriate and pertinent law enforcement officials and /
    or demonstrably support credible groups such as Nashville United that have begun the dialogue
    with the appropriate and pertinent officials.
    will share a copy of this resolution with other dioceses and law enforcement agencies.
    Last edited by euphemia; 02-15-2015 at 10:39 AM.

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    Maybe they can vote harder too..........

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    So you don't think churches can address issues of social responsibility?

    ďIím a doctor. Thatís a baby.Ē~~~Dr. Manny Sethi

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobismom View Post
    So you don't think churches can address issues of social responsibility?
    Of course they can.

    They can write all the letters they like.

    Now if someone actually thinks these letters are going to have any effect at all I'm afraid they've got another thing coming...

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