Honorable Mayor Greg Fischer,
My name is Jomar Madera, I live in Brooklyn New York, I am a 7th grade scholar at Achievement First Apollo Middle School a Charter School that mainly serves African American and minority students and I would like to say that I am honored to have you as one of our government representatives.
Lately, there have been many instances where minorities have been attacked and killed just because of their skin color and it is a matter that we as a community need to sit down and discuss. I am a first generation american and a dark colored student from Brooklyn, New York, therefore these issues are extremely important to me, my family and my community.
I would like to bring up one particular case that relates to the African American/Minorities killings which is the case of Breonna Taylor. Breonna was an Emergency Medical Technician, a social worker for her community who was wrongfully killed by the police on May 13 2020. Breonna was inside her house while police entered unannounced looking for suspects accused of drug dealing (who were already in custody). Her boyfriend Kenneth Taylor thought they were intruders and fired a round at them, the police proceeded to fire 20 rounds at Breonna and her boyfriend, killing them. These are not the first deaths of African Americans due to police brutality and misconduct and it should honestly be the last.
One way I feel like this could be changed is by adding a rule called the Mandatory Knock and Announce which means police must announce themselves before entering a citizen’s house, no matter the warrant and if not, the citizen has the right to sue or take action if it ends up that the citizen dies they will go to court and face Jail time. I believe this will not only benefit minorities but also everyone since there have been cases like this all over the country.
I hope you find this to be in this country’s best interest.
Achievement First Apollo Middle School