An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Police Brutality Policy

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The 4 basic steps a nonviolent campaign should follow when seeking to expand civil rights: collection of facts, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action. We have an array of people who have been targeted by the bullets and chokeholds of racism by our own carriers of justice: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Dean and THOUSANDS of harmless African American citizens caught in the crossfire between fragmented law and order. The loss of innocent lives by our own law carriers should be enough collection of facts to act on this situation. However if that is not enough, take this: 99% of killings by police from 2013-2019 have not resulted in the officers being charged with crime. Of these killings, black people are thrice as likely to be killed than white people and 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed compared to white people. Clearly we have systemic policing problems from implicit bias, racial profiling, and the ethical abuse of power, our criminal justice system is growing into an apparatus marred by immoral biases. I encourage Congress to negotiate and put their support behind a federal law that will work on ending this systematic racism once and for all. The Ending Qualified Immunity Act will eliminate qualified immunity and give targets of these amplified violent actions a chance to defend themselves against the police force once and for all. The Hands Up Act will forbid officers from shooting at any individual with their hands already up. This prevents the unresisting accused from dying lawlessly. More propositions to tackle this unjust police brutality could be banning chokeholds, mandating intervention by officer if another officer is using excessive force, requirement of all uses of force to be reported, and establishing WARNING before shooting. Put your vote behind any proposed bill which will crack down on this ruthless tough on crime and biased justice system to give the black community the equality and justice they deserve.

First sent on June 3, 2020 by Anya

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