"We are united in solidarity with all of the communities across the country reeling from the murders of Black people by police, namely George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, among many others. And we know that too many of these murders happen without public awareness, when they are not caught on video or reported by the media. Police violence occurs too often against Black people. Murder and other forms of violence against Black people by police in this country must end. The systemic targeting and use of force against this community must end. White supremacy must end. We uplift the Black Lives Matter movement.
As people across the country exercise their constitutionally protected right to protest, those protests have too often been met with a brutal and militarized police resistance that has resulted in even more violence.
As a nation, we must reimagine the role for police, including a significant reduction in the responsibilities and presence of police in the communities most impacted by law enforcement and the criminal legal process. We must instead reinvest funding in communities, especially those communities that are targeted by police.
As Montanans join protests against police killings and for racial justice, we call on police across Montana to take seriously their role in ensuring the safety of those exercising their fundamental right."
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