Statement from the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in America
In light of the recent protests over the death of George Floyd the Lt. Detective Joseph Petrosino in America Association Inc. a not-for-profit organization that honors the memory of Lt. Det. Joseph (Guiseppe) Petrosino, the only New York City police officer killed in the line of duty on foreign soil; who also was an early user and believer in the benefits of community policing, which states that Petrosino’s sensitivity to community demonstrated his commitment to social justice. In honoring his life and achievements we not only highlight the achievements of Italian-Americans and support law enforcement organizations around the world, particularly, the brave women and men of the New York City Police Department but send a clear message that policing needs to just and dispensed evenly and equally without regard to race , ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
In the opinion of the Association's board of directors, Black Lives Matter means equal justice for all under the law and that all Americans are entitled to equal and fair treatment from law enforcement and the American justice system.
We support the peaceful expression of the idea that failure to provide equal treatment and equal justice is detrimental to our society as a whole. We believe that the vast majority of our law enforcement officers understand and abide by this basic human principle of justice under the law.
James Lisa Robert Fonti Joseph Scelsa
Chairman President Honorary Chairman