November 6, 2017, New York – In response to the jury finding NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs not guilty of murder for killing unarmed Delrawn Small in Brooklyn on July 4, 2016, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement:
We stand in solidarity with Delrawn Small’s family as they continue to mourn his loss and denounce the grave injustice that the police officer who killed him walked away from court today with impunity. We will not accept the devaluation of Black life through the routine machinations of our criminal injustice system. We echo the call of Delrawn Small’s family to Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner O’Neill to fire Officer Wayne Isaacs immediately. While the NYPD claims that trust is a bedrock value, trust is impossible when police continue to profile, brutalize, and kill Black people and other people of color with impunity. There can be no trust without accountability.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.