America needed police reform before March 13, 2020, when Breonna Taylor was shot in her home by police. America needed police reform before May 25, 2020, when George Floyd was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. America needs police reform now.
The militarization of police is a key factor in the policing crisis we face today. Congress has opportunities to reform the 1033 program this year and limit the Department of Defense’s practice of transferring surplus military grade equipment to local police departments.
Every law enforcement agency across the country has what’s known as a “use of force standard” or “use of force continuum.” These regulations govern when officers can use force—and how much they’re permitted to use.
Black communities deal constantly with police harassment and violence. Some law enforcement agencies had made positive steps to curb these abuses, but these reforms must be coupled with increased transparency and oversight.
Weeks have passed since the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police. In response, thousands of people have taken to the streets. Our changed consciousness has created an important movement, one in which we’re called to act.
José Woss, FCNL's legislative manager for criminal justice and election integrity, provides powerful testimony about the experience of living in America, coming to terms with its racial realities, and taking a stand for the generations to come.
The protests and conversations of the past couple months have laid bare a fact that Black and Brown Americans have known for decades: America has a policing problem. And that problem is firmly and undeniably rooted in racism,
The protests calling for major changes to policing aren't dominating the headlines anymore, but this issue is far from resolved. Congress must take decisive action to address our deeply racist criminal justice system. Use this template to write a letter-to-the-editor in your local paper!
At the heart of the American policing problem is the increased militarization of the American police force. Simply put, police have become an occupying force in Black and Brown communities that do far more harm than good.
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