The NNPA takes its toughest stance yet supporting Black Lives Matter
The nation’s largest trade association of African-American owned newspapers and media companies, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, is declaring “a police brutality state of emergency” in the United States for Black America.
Denise Rolark Barnes, Chairman of the NNPA and publisher of The Washington Informer; Bernal E. Smith II, member of the NNPA Board of Directors and publisher of The New Tri-State Defender; and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO of the NNPA, announced in a joint statement:
“Millions of our readers across the nation are once again outraged at the latest fatal incidents of police brutality in Tulsa, OK and Charlotte, NC. These are not isolated incidents, but are a deadly national pattern of police violence and prosecutorial misconduct. A state of emergency now exists in Black America.”
The NNPA says it wants President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of the U.S. Congress to immediately:
- Appoint a special federal prosecutor on police brutality.
- Establish a national police oversight commission on the use of deadly force, training and cultural sensitivity.
- Create a national police brutality and misconduct database that is publicly accessible.
- Establish tougher federal penalties for police officers and prosecutors who violate constitutional rights.
The NNPA represents 211 African American owned newspapers in 32 states. The organization says its papers reach a total of 20.1 million readers per week.