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Take Action to Support Police Reform for the People: Sign The NAACP Petition Demanding Accountability

Take Action to Support Police Reform for the People: Sign The NAACP Petition Demanding Accountability | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

As we wait on the fate of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, I want to remind everyone what - and who - is at stake. Police reform is about Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and the countless others killed at the hands of law enforcement. It is about the people living in communities often targeted by police.

 

It is not about the police or the institutions and unions that blindly protect them.

 

A few weeks ago, lawmakers negotiating police reform legislation said they were close to a bill both sides of the aisle could support. Now, the legislation and weeks of bipartisan work is in trouble as conservative police unions increase lobbying efforts to maintain the status quo that has been so detrimental for Black Americans.

 

Many in law enforcement agree that meaningful change is necessary, but unfortunately, a few are committed to standing in the way with a goal of obstructing the process. Police unions and partisan politicians should not control and dilute the terms of the police reform bill, nor delay any of its progress.

 

We need you. We must make sure that police reform remains focused on the people impacted, not the police trying to avoid reform and accountability.

 

Sign the petition demanding accountability. There is more fighting to do to protect our communities from unjust policing.

 

johnmacknewtown's insight:

The petition is a call to:

  • End qualified immunity, which protects government officials from lawsuits seeking monetary damages, and 
  • Collect data on police encounters that will provide transparency and safety for our communities

 

Regarding the latter, please take my survey: "Should NTPD Collect Racial/Ethnic Data During ALL Traffic Stops?"

 

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