After Dallas: What We Need To Do Now!

Unknown-1Fifteen Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality 

[Ed. Note: The following article does a great job of describing 15 things that need to be done and that YOU as both police officers and citizens can begin to implement. They are good and realistic recommendations. Pick one — then get together, build a team, and work on it!]

UnknownBy Zak Cheney Rice, July 01, 2015 (abridged)

“There’s a strong case that the problem with policing isn’t actually the police, but us.”

“…How, besides protesting, can we actually make sure no more black people are killed, beaten or tortured by the police? And how can we promote justice and equity in law enforcement more generally?

“There’s a strong case that the problem with policing isn’t actually the police, but us — the police are merely enforcing our democratic will. Yet the real-life benefits of this umbrella term we’ve dubbed ‘police reform’ — decriminalization, commitment to reducing prison populations and community oversight, to name a few — can still be impactful, if not quite a cure-all.

“To that end, the Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link, two nonprofit advocacy organizations, have partnered with various protesters and street-level organizers to find some concrete solutions to this problem. The result is a 15-point report, titled ‘Building From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing,’ which Mic has synthesized below to identify the concrete steps citizens and local governments can take to affect change.

“’[This report] is the result of dozens of interviews … and work we’ve done on the ground,’ Marbre Stahly-Butts, a policy advocate with CPD and co-author of the toolkit, told reporters in a press call earlier this month. ‘Its goal was really to reflect the aspirations of these on-the-ground organizations.’

“Each point can be molded to shape your municipality’s particular needs, and most are doable through a focused and sustained bit of pressure on local elected officials.

Here are 15 things your city can do right now to better promote justice in policing.

  1. Stop criminalizing everything.
  1. Stop using poor people to fatten city budgets.
  1. Kick ICE out of your city.
  1. Treat addicts and mentally ill people like they need help, not jail.
  1. Make policy makers face their own racism.
  1. Actually ban racist policing.
  1. Obey the Fourth Amendment.
  1. Involve the community in big decisions.
  1. Collect data obsessively.
  1. Body cameras.
  1. Don’t let friends of the police prosecute the police.
  1. Oversight, oversight, oversight.
  1. No more military equipment.
  1. Establish a “use of force” standard.
  1. Train the police to be members of the community, not just armed patrolmen and women.

For a full description and narrative of each step, read the full article HERE.