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  • RACIAL PROFILING
  • POLICE MISCONDUCT
Winning Issue » POLICE MISCONDUCT


Many believe any discussion of police misconduct must first begin with acknowledging the degree of difficulty of this profession, and the exemplary nature and heroic sacrifices demonstrated by the vast majority of our nation’s one million peace officers. That said, at least 10,000 civil rights complaints are filed for police misconduct each year, yet the total prevalence of this crime remains uncertain. Complaints of police brutality and abuse often arise from traffic stops and street encounters. Critics claim people of color experience the abuse of police power much more often than their peers. One survey found that one in four young African American men report to be mistreated by police in any given month. From Rodney King’s beating to Eric Garner’s chokehold to the tragic spectacle of George Floyd’s death – and many in between – it never seems to end. The unnecessary death of so many African-Americans by our police is not perpetrated against any other race. Usually there’s no accountability of, nor any repercussions to, the offending officer – who, if fired, merely resumes work at another department in a different city.

Advocates say a few bad cops make the lives of all police officers much more difficult and dangerous. They say if bad cops are punished for crimes committed, these unconscionable killings would stop. Advocates say the reason police go unpunished is due to a concept called “qualified immunity.” Qualified immunity is a judicially-created policy that protects government employees from being held personally liable for violating the constitutional rights of others. Many say this legal loophole has got to go.

Pending Legislation: H.R.1280 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (passed House)
Sponsor: Rep. Karen Bass (CA)
Status: Introduced to the senate
Senate Leader: Leader Charles Schumer (NY)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current police misconduct policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support facilitating federal enforcement of constitutional violations (e.g., excessive use of force) by state and local law enforcement by:

    1.) Lowering the criminal intent standard from “willful” to “knowing” or “reckless” to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct.

    2.) Limiting Qualified Immunity as a defense in a trial against a law enforcement officer or state correctional officer.

    3.) Issuing subpoenas in investigations of police departments for a pattern of discrimination.

    4.) Creating a national registry, the National Police Misconduct Registry, to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct.

    5.) Establishing a framework to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels.

    6.) Establishing new requirements for law enforcement officers and agencies to report data on use-of-force incidents, to obtain training on implicit bias and racial profiling, and to wear body cameras.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support facilitating federal enforcement of constitutional violations (e.g., excessive use of force) by state and local law enforcement by:

    1.) Lowering the criminal intent standard from “willful” to “knowing” or “reckless” to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct.

    2.) Limiting Qualified Immunity as a defense in a trial against a law enforcement officer or state correctional officer.

    3.) Issuing subpoenas in investigations of police departments for a pattern of discrimination.

    4.) Creating a national registry, the National Police Misconduct Registry, to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct.

    5.) Establishing a framework to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels.

    6.) Establishing new requirements for law enforcement officers and agencies to report data on use-of-force incidents, to obtain training on implicit bias and racial profiling, and to wear body cameras.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing the Senate version H.R.1280 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.

If elected as a trustee, the Black Lives Matter will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for justice and peace.

About: Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
July 26, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
August 2, 2021