We need reform to our police departments on a local, state, and national level. George Floyd, alongside countless others, deserves to be alive.
I ask you to implement and support anti-racist policy that can help shift police culture that allows and promotes violence against black men and women.
We need full accountability of police officers. We need citizen advisory boards over police departments that can help guide their actions, policy, and initiatives. We need less spending on unnecessary military-grade equipment and more attention on interpersonal training that will curb bias, improve handling of mental illness, and prevent force and lethal force from being used. We do not need a militarized police force.
We need our police officers to be held accountable for any force used against a citizen. The Department of Justice should independently investigate every time someone is killed while in police custody. We need all officers present during the use of lethal force to be held accountable. We need our police force to be a peaceful, protecting force instead of escalating, intimidating, and bringing violence to otherwise peaceful protests. We need greater oversight given to the Department of Justice to uphold and enforce our constitutional rights and civil liberties.
I support the Black Lives Matter movement. I support holding police responsible for racist violence. I support police officers and departments that are working towards anti-racist policy. I support dismantling racist policy at every level.
As a constituent, I ask that you enact policy that represents these views. These protests deserve a policy response. We need you to enact change and to stand up for all of us.