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NASW Iowa statement on shooting deaths of police officers Justin Martin and Anthony “Tony” Beminio

The National Association of Social Workers Iowa Chapter (NASW Iowa) condemns the killing of two local police officers in apparent ambush-style shootings and will continue its work with police and community organizations to improve the relationship between law enforcement officers and the public they serve. NASW Iowa sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Urbandale Police Officer ... Read More »

NASW Wisconsin Chapter Statement on Milwaukee Unrest, Police Shooting of Sylville Smith

The National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Chapter is saddened by the violence, disorder and destruction that took place in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee. Sherman Park has always been a neighborhood where residents of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds worked together for the overall benefit of the community. We grieve over the loss of the life of ... Read More »

In aftermath of shootings, NASW Louisiana Chapter statement calls on social workers to help bridge divisions in our society

For the second time in less than two weeks, the Louisiana Chapter of NASW (NASW-LA) offers its deepest condolences to families in our community who have lost loved ones. This time, we extend our sincere sympathy to the families of law enforcement officers Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola, and Matthew Gerald who were killed by the senseless ambush of law enforcement ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Baton Rouge Police Shootings

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers its condolences to the family and colleagues of three slain Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and urges legislators, the police and the public peacefully come together to address gun violence, enact sensible gun laws, and help police improve relations with the communities they serve. Baton Rouge law enforcement officers Montrell ... Read More »

NASW Responds to Shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas; again urges policing reforms

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is appalled by the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and again urges reforms that would help end racial profiling and excessive use of police force and improve relations between police and the communities they serve. It is also important that we express how deeply NASW is upset about ... Read More »

NASW responses to death of Freddie Gray, police reforms

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) chapters and officials are reacting to the death of Freddie Gray while in custody of Baltimore City police, the resulting civil unrest, and the charges filed against six police officers in connection with Gray’s death. Here are NASW responses: We are horrified and deeply saddened by the circumstances which led to his death.  We ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief offers Recommendations to End Racial Profiling and Mitigate Use of Force by Police

Recent cases involving the injury or deaths of people of color during encounters with law enforcement officers have put more attention on racial profiling, according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Justice Brief The Role of Racial Profiling in Encounters with Law Enforcement. Studies show people are more likely to stop people of color for traffic violations, ... Read More »

Read Justice Brief for Update on NASW Activities Regarding Ferguson

Cover of Social Justice Brief.

It has been more than two months since a policeman in Ferguson, MO, shot and killed unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, sparking protests in that city and around the nation. Despite the tragedy the National Association of Social Workers and other organizations see the incident as opportunity to end police profiling of people of color and apply best practices ... Read More »

NASW joins letter to Obama urging police reforms in aftermath of Ferguson shooting

The National Association of Social Workers has joined more than 1,300 other organizations and individuals in signing a letter urging the Obama Administration to make reforms to end police violence in light of the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The letter was published in the Washington Post. Others who have signed the letter include social worker ... Read More »

Police shootings demonstrate need for social workers to press for reforms

Recent, highly publicized cases of police using deadly force against people of color, including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9,  underscore the need for the social work profession to call for reforms in the nation’s law enforcement systems. This issue is important for the profession, which has a long history of working to end all ... Read More »