Long before the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and before the media regularly reported them, killings of black Americans by police in cities and small towns, South and North have been occurring.
Some statistics are available here

Although our local law enforcement in Southampton and East Hampton Towns are not involved in these killings, the phrase ‘Back The Blue‘ means something quite different to black residents across our nation.

We can continue to ignore this or we can start to make amends by condemning the meting out of justice on the streets.
Thanks to Willie Jenkins and Lisa Votino for their local leadership

Anthony Ernst 
Southampton, NY

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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