Public safety should mean safety from excessive use of force and death at the hands of police.

The following statement can be attributed to the ACLU-VA Executive Director Mary Bauer:

"On Tuesday, A Virginia Beach special grand jury found no probable cause to charge Solomon D. Simmons III, the police officer who shot and killed Donovon Lynch, a 25-year-old Black man.

"Once again, a police officer was not held accountable for needlessly killing a man, a son, a brother, a cousin, a loved one to so many people who knew him.

"Once again, a person died because his skin color was perceived as a threat to those in blue.

"Once again, because no body-cam footage was available, a police officer was allowed to tell his side of the story without the victim having the same privilege.

"Once again, the family and loved ones of a person killed by police are reminded that the system works exactly as designed; to deny them justice and protect those who cause harm to the community simply because of the badges they wear.

"We are outraged by this decision. There are no words that can capture the impact this has and will continue to have Lynch's family, loved ones, and community. Protecting the police from accountability is not protecting public safety. Public safety should mean safety from excessive use of force and death at the hands of police. It’s time to reimagine public safety."