An open letter to the President

A Note to Promote Resistance Against Systemic Racism

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The unnecessary gruesome death of George Floyd has again highlighted the desperate need for police reform in this country. Black families should not have to live in fear that their loved ones will die, without reason and without representation, in the streets at the hands of a force that has sworn to protect its citizens. The fact that so many black lives have been taken at the hands of police and no systemic action has been taken is heartbreaking and shameful. We need to immediately implement procedures that empathy, mental-health, and de-escalation. The officers involved need to not only be fired, but brought up on criminal charges. The entire police culture should be examined and reformed to align with science-based best practices and person-centered ethics. The only effective way to police is to have a force rooted in, and representative of, the community which it protects, and that is well trained in providing support, making social connections, and recognizing and preventing racial bias. That is so lacking in our blatantly failing police system, and the senseless death of another man has underlined this shortcoming yet again. Drastic moves need to be made right now to save lives. How many more people will die before we start making changes? Let George Floyd be the last. Let his legacy be the change that saves lives.

First sent on June 1, 2020 by Jack

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