FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shayan Modarres
Email: [email protected]
Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following the Justice Department’s decision not to charge the police officers responsible for killing Alton Sterling:
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“We are deeply disturbed and saddened to learn that the Department of Justice, under the direction of Jeff Sessions, will not be prosecuting the police officers involved in the killing of Alton Sterling outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store last year.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’ Injustice against people of color in this country affects us all, and the National Iranian American Council and the Iranian-American community stands by those who stand for justice in the face of rising racism and discrimination in the United States.
“As we continue our fight against the Trump administration’s second attempt at a Muslim ban, we remain resolute and committed to building an America where discrimination and racial injustice are treated as anathema to American values and laws – whether it be police violence that disproportionately affects African Americans or discrimination targeting Americans of Middle Eastern background. We believe in an America where people are not targeted by the government because they are, Black, Latino, Asian, Muslim or Iranian. We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives in the fight for Black humanity and dignity.”