Inland Empire, CA
The 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire, Inc., Richard T. Fields Bar Association, and Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. have united to prevent the deaths of children of color at the hands of law enforcement. The S.O.A.R (Seeking Other Alternatives B/4 Reacting) program’s mission is to give minority children tools for successfully interacting with law enforcement.
The first two sessions will be held at J.W. North High School on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd and at Vista del Lago on Tuesday, Feb. 16th.
“The year 2015 was filled with black boys dying at the hands of police officers. We are committed to ensure that these tragedies are not found in the Inland Empire,” said Willie W. Williams, President of the 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire.
Nearly a thousand times this year, an American police officer has shot and killed a civilian. Race remains the most volatile flash point in any accounting of police shootings. Although black men make up only 6 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 40 percent of the unarmed men shot to death by police this year. In the majority of cases in which police shot and killed a person who had attacked someone with a weapon or brandished a gun, the person who was shot was white. But a hugely disproportionate number — 3 in 5 — of those killed after exhibiting less threatening behavior were black or Hispanic.
“This program is designed to prevent situations that could lead to death. We refuse to wait until a child is killed to get up and do something. The time is now,” said Paulette I. Ward, President, Richard T. Fields Bar Association.