SAALT Saddened by Grand Jury Decision: Emphasizes Need for DOJ to Reform Racial Profiling Guidance

"We will join with our allies to continue outlining the dangers of discriminatory policing."

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) stands in solidarity with the family and friends of the late Michael Brown, and with communities across the United States who are deeply saddened by last night's grand jury decision.

As a national civil rights organization working with communities targeted by hate violence, racial and religious profiling, and surveillance, we understand the damaging ramifications of mistrust between the police and the communities they are sworn to protect.

We will join with our allies to continue outlining the dangers of discriminatory policing. We also hope this troubling moment leads to meaningful engagement between law enforcement, policy makers, and communities so everyone in our country can one day feel safe from the fear of police discrimination and abuse in their own neighborhood.

We continue to urge the Department of Justice (DOJ) to robustly pursue its investigation into Michael Brown's death, as well as the Ferguson Police Department's policing practices. The importance of reforming the DOJ's guidance on racial profiling has never been more urgent, and we continue to call on DOJ to swiftly reform the guidance to meaningfully protect all communities against law enforcement profiling.

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. SAALT is the coordinating entity of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a network of 49 organizations that serve, organize, and advocate on behalf of the South Asian community across the country.