George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. These are among the latest in a long list of names—both well known and unknown—of black Americans unjustifiably killed (even murdered) either by police or by private citizens with police acquiescence. In each case, the victim’s primary—often only—“crime” was simply being black. It’s hard to imagine a graver injustice than either being killed or murdered—often with impunity—by the very people sworn to protect you or being the victims of their callous acquiescence.
As the leaders of Legal Aid of North Carolina, a civil legal aid program dedicated to providing equal justice to the poorest, most oppressed, most disregarded and most vulnerable people in our state, justice is our watchword. It is our guiding light, our North Star—it is the concept which fuels our everyday work and it is the goal towards which we continuously strive.
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