For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry W. Spicer, Publicist
Epiphany Public Relations,
Telephone: (919) 830-9049
Message from Bro. Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus on Baton Rouge Killing of Alton Sterling
The stronghold of injustice continues to grip our nation as broken voices cry out enraged as another African American man was senselessly killed. It's time for this to stop! The act of quickly firing fatal shots in tandem with brutal force has become the undeserved expectation against families, women, children and men. Sadly, are all being victimized while it appears that some type of loophole will consistently prevent those who abuse power to hide behind the uniforms that they should otherwise proudly wear as protectors of all people. It also appears that those who abuse power may not be truthful when the possibility of being exposed is a reality. Ms. Genele Laird was severely beaten and tased in Madison, Wisconsin and last night Alton Sterling was killed in Baton, Rouge, Louisiana. Today his wife courageously stood trembling at a press conference seeking answers. We are also searching for answers and we need a solution. Justice must prevail.
My heart is still speaking to me as I think of being at Mother Emanuel two weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina in memory of the nine church members brutally killed while at bible study. As my heart speaks to me, I am reminded that Dillon Roof, the ruthless killer was arrested without incident and without a scratch on him. This tells me that it can be done, that training is available and that there are officers that can and will do it right even when some may feel it is okay to go outside of legally drawn lines of protocol and response.
As men of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., along with other members of the Divine Nine, we are circulating petitions in support of legislation that will require body cameras and the proper implementation and use of the body cameras. We feel strongly that all police officers should be required to wear body cameras and follow strict polices and guidelines for proper use. We are confident that if used properly the body cameras will help to save lives and protect those who wear them from criticism and speculation of wrongdoing when working to protect our citizens and our communities. Body cameras may not be the only solution, but they are a step forward in stopping this madness that appears to directly attack and disrespect the mantra of Black Lives Matter. It is my hope that a workable solution will prevent future tragedies and that no other families will have to endure what this family is going through.
Another step in stopping this abuse will be for justice to be served! We must be determined and stay involved as we work toward seeking justice. We must work together with the Divine Nine, NAACP, Urban League and all other organizations that believe in equality and justice to see this through.
Men of Omega, be strong, and be who you are as we work together to make a difference for our community. We are one!
Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr.
40th Grand Basileus
Since its humble beginnings on the Howard University campus, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity continues to be on the front line, leveraging its power, influence and more than 100 years of commitment to the uplift of our people and our communities.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college.