Auburn Seminary calls for justice, accountability, healing after fatal police shootings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 21, 2016

Contact: Aimee Thunberg (athunberg@auburnseminary.org or 212-370-3184)

Auburn Seminary calls for justice, accountability, healing after fatal police shootings
Statement of Executive Vice President Rev. John Vaughn

NEW YORK — Yesterday, police in Charlotte, NC shot and killed Keith L. Scott, a 43-year-old Black man. Scott’s death came days after the fatal police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., of which there is footage of Crutcher raising his hands above his head. Auburn Seminary Executive Vice President Rev. John Vaughn issued the following statement in response to these recent incidents:

“As clergy and members of the multifaith movement for justice, we stand with the families of Keith L. Scott and Terence Crutcher, whose sacred lives ended far too early as a result of systemic injustice. Auburn Seminary heeds the call that Black lives matter.

“As we mourn the Black lives lost to police violence, we must commit to forging a new path to justice and peace. We call for accountability of those in uniform while acknowledging that all of us can always do more to end the violence and discrimination that see us grieving alongside families all too often. Let us come together to create a world that celebrates the uniqueness of life, in which all men, women and children can live without fear.”

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