Rep. Maloney Statement on Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Jul 7, 2016
Press Release

Following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota during encounters with law enforcement officials, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“In a space of just two days – 48 hours – two African American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, lost their lives during separate encounters with police officers. Their names are added to an already too long list of African Americans who have been killed in similar situations. My condolences go out to the loved ones of these two men and their communities as they deal with the aftermath of these tragedies.”

 “I strongly support the calls by the Governors of Louisiana and Minnesota for independent investigations by the Department of Justice. And I believe Congress can and should do more to support and fund universal police training in how to de-escalate such encounters and to improve  reporting requirements. As a country, and as a community, we bear a responsibility to recognize that, as President Obama has said, such shootings are 'symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system.' It is incumbent upon us all, in every community, to work together to lessen the fear and distrust that has been amplified by these tragedies and combat injustice in our society.”