THE COLORADO HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION CONDEMNS
THE VIOLENT INSURRECTION IN OUR NATION’S CAPITOL
January 7, 2021
All attorneys took an oath to “support the Constitution of the United States” and “use [our] knowledge of the law for the betterment of society.” This oath is our solemn pledge to not only practice law with the highest moral and ethical standards but also as protectors of our democracy and one of our nation’s oldest founding principles, respect for the rule of law. While these are “just words”, words matter and form the entire basis for our system of government and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Because words matter, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association wants there to be no doubt that it strongly condemns yesterday’s violent insurrection in our nation’s Capitol. Government officials, many of whom are lawyers, must never encourage a mob to disrupt the constitutional and peaceful transition of political office. In this period of turmoil, the CHBA calls on President Trump and Congressional Leaders to ensure a peaceful transfer of power before further damage is done to our nation. Americans of color are suffering disproportionally from the ongoing loss of life, loss of jobs, and loss of hope as our national leadership continues to focus on unfounded conspiracy theories, instead of focusing on the most pressing crisis of our generation, ending this pandemic through the vaccination of millions of Americans, and rebuilding a more just society for everyone.
The Capitol police’s response only further serves to highlight the racial inequality present in police interactions with white Americans compared to Americans of color. The CHBA supports an independent investigation into the response of law enforcement and demands accountability and meaningful reform, including in Colorado, to address police violence against people of color.