Potential Policies to End Police Violence
We must proactively prevent police violence, brutality, and/or use of force in black, brown, and poor communities. We commit to advocating for and implementing policies and practices that can deter and disincentivize brutality, violence, and use of force. These can include but are not limited to:
- Improve transparency by establishing and publicly sharing policies on use of force, body cameras and other technological approaches, and collecting and publicly reporting data on arrests, instances of the use of force, and other important information
and data collection that is available to the public
- Ensure training and hiring policies and practices promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and trust between the police and the communities they serve
Create a robust, community informed, accountability process for when police violence, brutality, and/or use of force does occur. We commit to advocating for and implementing community-informed policies and practices that ensure a robust investigatory and accountability process on all incidents of police violence and use of force. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Civilian Review Boards to investigate, recommend, and implement responses to police brutality, violence, and inappropriate use of force.
- Investigating police departments that have a history or string of incidents of inappropriate use of forces.
- Ensure that investigations and accountability measures are not interfered upon by internal affairs, union contracts, and other similar entities, organizations, and agreements.
Establish alternatives to police presence in our communities. We commit to advocating for, exploring, piloting, creating, advocating for, and establishing community-approved alternatives to police and other traditional forms of criminal justice interventions. Measures to ensure public safety can include alternatives such as the implementation of restorative justice practices, unarmed mediation and intervention groups, community patrols, and mental health professionals and social workers as first responders, among other options.