The mission of the Police of America is to enhance the quality of life in the United States by working in partnership with the community to enforce the law, preserve peace, protect the people, reduce fear, and maintain order.
- Protect the lives and property of our fellow citizens and impartially enforce the law.
- Fight crime, both by preventing it and aggressively pursuing violators of the law.
- Maintain a higher standard of integrity than is generally expected of others because so much is expected of us.
- Value human life, respect the dignity of each individual and render our services with courtesy and civility.
The previous mission statement and set of values was taken from the New York Police Department’s official website.
While these goals might seem genuine in their nature, they are not reflected in reality.
The notion of “protecting the people” is not a universally applied action, and is instead reserved for those deemed worthy by the systems and institutions in place.
These systems and institutions are built upon the foundations of white supremacy that were laid down with the formation of the United States.
Everyday, Black men are criminalized simply because of the color of their skin. This one factor deems them as “suspicious” or “up to no good.” Their existence is reduced to an aggressive, violent body.
Instead of protecting our Black boys and men, the police are killing them. It is quite obvious that all human life is not valued equally in the United States—it never has been.
Black people are 3x more likely be killed by police than white people.
In 2019, police killed 1,099 people. Of those, 24% were Black, despite only making up 13% of the total population of the United States.
This website was created as a tactical media project. The information presented aims to expose police brutality and the systematic racism that upholds it, and bring necessary attention to the horrendous actions being committed against Black people—all by those who are supposed “to protect and to serve” them.
All data on this page is sourced from https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/