Mocha Moms Statement on Police Brutality
CONTACT: Danae Jones Aicher
National Director of Communications
Mocha Moms, Inc.
Mocha Moms across the country are beyond heartbroken over last
week’s events. It has taken us some time to try and process, not only the deaths
of two more black lives at the hands of police officers, but also the deaths of
five law enforcement officers who were defending peaceful protesters in Dallas,
Texas. The processing isn’t over. What is over is our willingness to
let it go any more.
We mothers of color are daughters of law enforcement
officers, wives of law enforcement officers, sisters of law enforcement
officers, and mothers of law enforcement officers. We mothers of color are
daughters of people who have been victimized by law enforcement, wives of
people who have been victimized by law enforcement, sisters of people who have
been victimized by law enforcement, and, horrifyingly, mothers of people who
have been victimized by law enforcement. We are law enforcement officers
ourselves as well as victims.
We won’t choose between supporting police and stating that
our families’ lives matter. It’s a false choice. We live comfortably with both ideas. We respect police. We teach
our children to respect police. What we want is respect in return. Not fear.
Not condescension. Not a redirection of the issue from pundits. We are mothers.
We are well aware of what the problems are. We expect a change. We demand
We are mobilizing our moms across the country for the Police
Reform our community deserves. Our Mochas Act advocacy plan is based on the
following demands we believe are instrumental for effective Police Reform:
- Federal data collection for every police involved shooting.
- Independent Prosecutor for every police involved shooting.
- Safeguards and protections for
whistleblowers: police officers who want to report excessive force by
colleagues, and citizens who witness, record, or fall victim to excessive
- Creating uniform process by which
citizen recorded evidence can be admissible in court.
- Allowing citizen recordings to be
sent to independent investigators instead of police department involved in
- Uniform psychological test for
- Every jurisdiction should have a
community advisory board including community leaders and former law enforcement
- Every police officer who has
received multiple complaints for excessive force should be investigated and be
placed on desk duty for 30 days receiving more training on de-escalation and
- If a city is sued and settles
cases of excessive force the officers involved should serve 30 days of desk
- Police Chiefs/Sheriffs and
supervisors evaluations should be tied to the number of excessive forces case
filed against their officers.
We will meet with law enforcement leaders, federal and local
legislators and partner with other community organizations. Our mothers will be armed with the tools and
resources they need push for change locally and nationally.
We mothers of color should not have to live in fear of what
might happen to our children at the hands of an officer of the law who is
charged to protect and serve. We need and want to depend on law enforcement to
protect us where ever we are, not police us.
Two years ago, we asked for law enforcement to meet with us through an open letter to the
Fraternal Order of Police whose mission, per its website, is:
“… to cultivate a spirit of fraternalism and mutual
helpfulness among our members and the people we serve; to increase the
efficiency of the law enforcement profession and thus more firmly establish the
confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the
protection of life and property.”
They refused a meeting. Now we are reissuing that call, not
just to the FOP, but to all law enforcement agencies that recognize there is a
very real problem and want to work to build trust and a new relationship.
We recognize it’s hard being a law enforcement officer.
Especially right now. Can law enforcement also recognize it’s hard being black,
regardless of class and status? Especially right now.
Mocha Moms is the premiere voice for Mothers of Color.
Mocha Moms, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that does not
discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic level,
education, or religion. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of Mocha Moms,
Inc. is welcome to join.