Black Lives Matter – Public Policy Platform Released

Black Lives Matter – Public Policy Platform Released

For those upset with BLM – have you taken the time to actually look at the policy reforms they are requesting? The areas of concern are much broader policy issues than opponents would have anticipated. There is a great amount of information on the site, and supporting documentation for all the policy positions. The various pages with grids showing current Presidential candidates in relation to the requested reforms, and how each state stands on each topic are very informative.

http://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

I hesitate to list out thoughts on each point – I don’t want to prevent you from looking at the policies in full and drawing your own conclusions – as each policy has a number of components. But, for the purpose of discussion I decided to add some summary thoughts to the first three topics.

  • End Broken Windows Policing
    • Establish enforceable protections against profiling to prevent police from intervening in civilian lives for no reason other than the “suspicion.”
    • We have a constitutional standards of probable cause in America that should be respected by local law enforcement.
  • Community Oversight
    • Communities represented by police forces should directly participate in misconduct investigations and remediation.
    • Those who law enforcement are supposed to serve and protect should have more influence on how they would like this to happen, and what are acceptable limits.
  • Limit Use of Force
    • Police should have the skills and cultural competence to protect and serve our communities without killing people.
    • Police need more training in deescalation and recognizing mental health issues which might result in non-compliance behavior and how to accommodate this.
    • The dramatically lower incidence of police force and gun violence in other first world countries indicates there may be a better approach than what we are practicing

*These thought points summaries following each of the policy points are mine, and not necessarily that of the Campaign Zero

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    George Bush, in his address at the Dallas Police Officer’s memorial, stated, “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions. And this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose.” I don’t often agree with the Former President, but he nailed it here. The BLM movement is receiving a good amount of criticism from the right regarding their protest behavior–specifically for some of the chants calling for cop killing. While most of the protests have been peaceful, poignant and well intentioned, the right consistently points to these chants as representative of the BLM movement. These platform statements are a necessary and welcomed addition to the cause, particularly to those trying to define and understand BLM.

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