Racial justice and civil liberties groups have long campaigned against unchecked abuse of police power, often racially targeted, that is endemic in communities across the United States. But the Black Lives Matter movement has raised the problem of racial profiling and police brutality to the center of the national agenda. The heavily militarized police response to the protests has also highlighted the issue of the criminalization of dissent.
Among the policy solutions to address police violence toward communities of color: end broken windows policing; establish community oversight; limit use of force; independent investigations and prosecutions of police misconduct; film the police; stop police militarization.
Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s Mother Demands Action Following Reports of Recommendation of Termination of Daniel Panaleo from NYPD
An administrative judge in the disciplinary trial of the officer who killed Eric Garner recommended termination.
Activists gathered at the David A Clarke School of Law in Washington, DC to discuss FBI surveillance and infiltration of Black and Muslim activism and communities, and to develop a strategic plan to expose and bring an end to the worst FBI abuses.
An energized coalition in New York state is fighting to pass a series of reform bills that together will improve police accountability and transparency across the state.