Use of Force Guidelines
Establish federal use of force guidelines, and a federal mechanism to enforce the standards.
Why does this matter? Around 1,000 people are killed by law enforcement every year. (source) This number can be reduced significantly with proper legal incentives and police training.
Black men face 1 in 1,000 odds of being killed by the police over the course of their lives, over 2x as likely vs white or latino citizens, and ~5X asians (source)
Black people are about twice as likely as white people to be pulled over by law enforcement for a traffic stop; Even when black men and white men are convicted of the same crime, they can expect a prison sentence that is 20 percent longer (source)
56 percent of black Americans said they had a great deal or fair amount of confidence in police, compared to the 78 percent of white Americans who said the same. And confidence was even lower among young black Americans — 49 (source, graphs)
The sight of a police officer makes 60 percent of black Americans feel “less secure.” About one-third — 22 percent — of white Americans said the same, while 32 percent of white Americans said the sight of an officer makes them feel more secure, a sentiment shared by only 5 percent of black Americans (source)
How can we tackle this?
Having clear use of force guidelines will allow for enforcement and accountability of law enforcement officers. We need to move out of subjective standards
Reach out to your Senate representatives about the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. This has passed the House in June 2020, but will have a difficult time passing through the Republican-controlled Senate. If you need some help in how to most effectively engage with your elected reps, check out our step-by-step guide
Encourage your Republic and Democratic representatives to work together to build a bi-partisan bill, as the parties are currently in a stalemate over each party's police reform bill
Support the petition for the Police Accountability Act of 2020 (1M+ signatures so far)
Connect with your local and city officials to spark discussion on efforts they are making to standardize use of force policies in your hometown police department
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