An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures

Black Lives Matter, Police Reform NOW

19 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!

As you are well aware, there has been a lot of unrest in our nation over the past few days. The murder of George Floyd has been yet another example of systematic racism taking the life of an unarmed American citizen. We have all seen footage of police officers and national guard pepper spraying peaceful protesters, injuring pregnant women, shooting rubber bullets at bystanders, and escalating violence at every turn. I am writing you today to ask that you immediately implement changes that have been demanded by protesters across the nation. The following list of demands comes from the Jacksonville NAACP, and I absolutely echo these demands as your constituent: • Implementation of a Citizens Review Board with subpoena power • Release of body camera footage within 48 hours of a police shooting • Review of the departments use of force continuum • Immediate firing and full prosecution of officers in direct violation of the color of law • Ongoing diversity and sensitivity training for all officers with visible certification for public view (patch or marker on uniform or patrol cars) • Full cooperation from the State Attorney’s Office to prosecute cops who violate law • Complete transparency throughout the investigative internal affairs process • Elimination and ban of ‘no knock warrants’, ‘knee holds’ and ‘choke holds’ • Full funding of community-based policing initiatives • Support for bail reform • Immediate investigation of known corrupt officers who have a history of police brutality I send this list of demands in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Samuel Dubose, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Jordan Davis, and so many others that should still be alive today.

First sent on June 3, 2020 by Rachel

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