Activists push for Del. police reform in memory of Brandon Roberts, hosting march
MILFORD, Del. – A group of activists are pushing to reform Delaware law enforcement in memory of Brandon Roberts, a Dover man who was shot and killed by Milford Police in January.
Activists say they want to specifically focus on the Delaware Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, something that has already received attention from the state’s Legislative Black Caucus. Local activists believe this bill of rights does not have the best interests of citizens in mind so they are writing to local elected officials, urging them to change parts of this law.
“Search and seizure, public defense reform, body cams. All of those things are coming to play when we say the Brandon Roberts law. So we can specify what an officer can and cannot do,” says Krystle Gardner-Blackwell, the owner of G.G.C. Incorporated and member of the National Action Network.
Gardner-Blackwell say they have not heard back from elected officials yet about the Brandon Roberts Law proposal. 47 ABC reached out to Representative Bryan Shupe and we have yet to hear back.
In the meantime, they’re hosting a march in Milford on Saturday, June 13th at 2 PM. They’re also demanding the body camera footage from Brandon Roberts’ case be released.
The City of Milford said in a press released on Thursday that officials would not be participating in the Brandon Roberts Life Matters March. “The City recognizes and supports the right of those who wish to gather and walk in Mr. Roberts’ memory. However, due to the ongoing investigation of Mr. Robert’s death by Delaware State Police and the Delaware Department of Justice and potential litigation which has been threatened against the City of Milford by Attorney Neuberger as a result fo Mr. Roberts’ untimely death, it is inappropriate for the City leaders to join the event.”