An open letter to the U.S. Congress

We Demand Change

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I am distraught and heartbroken. I’m saddened and furious. We need immediate substantive policy changes. We need to end broken windows policing. We need to get racist police union leaders out of our cities. And we need to get the police union out of politics. We need to end for profit policing, and quotas for tickets and arrests that disproportionately harm the poor and minority communities. If police are not from a community, they need to not be allowed to work in our communities. If we cannot have transparent oversight of our police force, they do not need to be in our community. We need to properly train our police with rigorous qualifications that make them aware of the white supremacy this country propagates and tactics to work against that in their jobs. We need to prepare them to de-escalate situations without using force, and to move away from lethal and militarized force on our civilians. We need to fund them to properly do this without needing political leverage. And we need to stop giving more money to militarize them than we give to our schools. Thank you for your time. If you can not commit to making the city and state safer in this way, you need to admit it openly and stop trying to pander to white voters who do not support you as consistently as people of color .

First sent on May 31, 2020 by Mesfin

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