Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is morally outraged and frightened for its members, that this police officer, Amber Guyger, was not immediately arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She is being handled like she is a hero, not a murderer. We do not accept the fact that this is an accident.

She knew that it was not her apartment. We demand a complete toxicology report and we want her training record released to the public. We also demand that they give us the full and complete truth of the first shooting in 2017 that she was involved in.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “As a responsible religious leader I issue this warning to all African American residents of Dallas and surrounding areas with a broken heart. We can no longer trust the police to protect us from harm because they themselves are the reason why we are harmed.”

The Texas Rangers who are in charge of investigating this case have already demonstrated their bias to paint this as an accidental shooting. As Church leaders, we have no other alternative but to alert our congregants, in Dallas and surrounding areas, that the police are not there to serve and protect our being. We simply cannot trust them. The reason why we say that we cannot trust them is because they refuse to apply the law without bias. We cannot trust them because they expect us, and they will shoot us without cause and call it an accident. We cannot trust them, because we truly believe that they hate Black people.

We have been shot without cause while we were walking. We have been shot without cause in our cars. We have been shot without cause out in the public. And, we have been shot to death without cause in our homes. The only reason why we are being shot is because we are Black.