As August approaches, we begin to commemorate the events of August 9th, the day that 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. We cannot adequately mourn Mike Brown and the lives of many who have been hurt because of systematic oppression without speaking out against it.
The Fair and Impartial Policing Act would amend the current reporting of vehicle and pedestrian stops and training that is required of law enforcement officers to make sure race-based bias policing does not occur. The Fair and Impartial Policing Act would require:
- Statewide prohibition of biased policing;
- Expanded data gathering and analysis on traffic and pedestrian stops;
- Mandatory, in-depth training for law enforcement on decreasing biased policing;
- The creation of community-police partnerships;
- Statewide enforcement of anti-bias police reform requirements, including a penalty system for non-compliance
- Legal recourse for those who have been the victim of biased policing.
We continue to support our partners at the “Don’t Shoot Coalition” as we work on legislative reform in order to emphasize the importance in advocating for change within our community. By taking the steps to improve legislation within different sectors, we can help guarantee that all individuals are given fair and equal treatment no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity or the color of their skin.
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