Reviewing and Reimagining

Our Police Forces

Not much has changed in the structure of policing over the roughly 200-year period of when policing in America came to be. Police were intended to prevent political unrest and workforce disruption. Policing started to monitor immigrants in the 1800s “who looked and acted differently from the people who had dominated cities before.” 

 

What has changed is the expansion of police omnipresence into black and brown neighborhoods in a discriminatory manner. In order to improve our society and to act in light of the massive injustice done to communities of color and the injustice done in regards to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and many more, The For The Many Campaign would like to announce a new policing policy which takes into account the failures of the past:

 

  • Defund Police Forces

    • Police forces carry too much weight in the general community. Policing includes monitoring and managing a sprawling range of issues: drugs, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health issues, immigration issues, school safety, sex work and sex traffickers, youth violence, and political resistance.

    • Defunding will give the ability to fund other local oversight organizations outside of the police force, minimizing the necessity for police presence in a majority of cases.

    • Get police out of schools and majority-black communities. Police killings have harmed the mental health of black communities, according to The New York Times. Policing-incidents in schools disproportionally target Black and Latinx students. With this fact, they no longer need to have a presence in the school system. Instead of police, a local, community-led organization needs to be present to protect students and faculty.

    • End federal programs providing military equipment to police forces.

  • Take immediate legal action following police killings and violence

    • 99% of police killings from 2013-2019 have gone without criminal charges pressed against the officer. When someone is killed, a full-scale investigation must take place from an outside, non-political group.

    • The immediate removal, criminal charge and arrest must take place for any officer’s killing of an unarmed black individual, or any unarmed individual.

  • Organize community-led policing structures

    • As stated, our current policing system gives too much power to the police force. We must divide the work up among other community-led organizations. The money taken from defunding police will go towards organizations meant to address the homeless population and lack the health care system.

    • Investing in life-affirming services and other community-led services.

    • Provide state and federal funding for the establishment of civilian-led oversight agencies.

  • Establish stricter use of force revisions

    • Establish clear standards for Use of Force. Force must only be used when there is a clear and undeniable necessity for it. When force is used, the victim and the police officer involved must have their names released within 24 hours of the incident occurring. This will provide more transparency to situations that result in the death of an individual.

      • Make a body cams for law enforcement a mandatory requirement nationally. 

      • Body Cam footage from the police officer must be reviewed immediately by an unbiased organization.

    • Officers must carry non-deadly weapons.

    • Outside groups must closely monitor police actions to proactively hold officers accountable for the actions they take.

  • Require a comprehensive de-escalation training and inclusivity training 

    • Require and fund police officer training on implicit bias (to include biases based on race, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion, ethnicity and class), cultural competency, de-escalation, crisis intervention, adolescent development, and how to interact with people with mental and physical disabilities. Training will be done in a meaningful way meant to be enforceable through independent oversight committees.

    • There are currently 34 states that do not require de-escalation training. We must require and fund de-escalation training in all 50 states, and require de-escalation tactics to be used before any other tactics are used.

    • Only 6 States currently have some form of inclusivity/diversity training. We believe making a mandatory comprehensive inclusivity training that includes education on sexuality, gender, race, wealth, etc., is key to having a law enforcement force that knows how to properly use its power. 

  • End Qualified Immunity 

Paid For And Approved By Adam Christensen For Congress
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