By Kenneth Lee
OCA Acting Chief Executive Officer
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 25, 2014) — The Organization of Chinese Americans – National Chapter released the following statement on the failure to indict a police office in the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Missouri.
Miriam Yeung, OCA Nation Vice President of Public Affairs said, “We are disappointed with the outcome of the decision regarding Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting and death of Michael Brown. As President Obama mentioned in his speech last night, we are a country built on the rule of law, and our police forces are not above the law. Officer Wilson should have been held responsible for his actions. The excessive use of police force, racial and religious profiling, and lack of accountability for officers involved in these cases continue to plague our legal and justice system. They create wedges between our communities and those who are tasked to uphold our laws and protect our people.”
Ken Lee, OCA National Acting CEO followed with, “Today, we stand in solidarity with not only the Brown family but with the African American community and all victims of police violence. We share the expressed sentiments of Michael Brown’s father and call for peaceful protests and intentional advocacy to create the necessary changes that will hold officers accountable for their actions and prevent such tragedies from occurring again.
As advocates, we can and must continue to push for reforms that address the root causes that continue to allow the excessive use of police force and profiling of African, Latino, Asian, and Pacific Islander American communities. OCA and our national partners will continue to seek ways to ensure that all our communities can express their full civil rights and are treated fairly under the law. It is our hope the Department of Justice will bring swift justice denied by the grand jury so that our communities can heal and rebuild the trust that has been severed by this incident.”