E.W. Jackson, president of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), is convening black leaders and ministers on Friday in front of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., for a press conference calling for support of the police in the black community.
“It is time for black ministers to stand with the police in our communities, and encourage our people to do so,” said Jackson, the 2013 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia. “The law enforcement officers charged with protecting us are being targeted by the same thugs who terrorize and murder other black people. Since the death of Freddie Gray, there have been 25 murders in Baltimore. Those victims were not killed by police, but by the criminals who prey on us all.”
This action by Jackson comes on the heels of the murder of two police officers — Liquori Tate (black) and Benjamin Deen (white) — in Hattiesburg, Miss., last Saturday night. The day before, New York police officer Brian Moore was laid to rest after having been fatally shot the previous week. In both cases the alleged assailants are black.
“The police are not out hunting down black men, but black criminals seem to have declared war on the police,” Jackson said. “The police are the last line of defense to keep the inner city from descending into chaos. If they are demoralized, poor black people will suffer most because they are most likely to be victimized by crime. Pastors and churches have to stand up for truth. We must stand with the police for the security and safety of the community!”
Next week Jackson will host a Black Ministers Summit to discuss the impact of same sex marriage on religious liberty and the racial unrest in the black community.