We will connect local leaders, the blue community and the black community who are committed to implementing our community policing model. We do not, however, support performative “community policing” that is disconnected from the expressed desire of the community and not accompanied by needed structural changes.
The Initiative: Advancing The Blue & Black Partnership
The Initiative Process
Our approach involves partnering with stakeholders to evolve legal and institutional practices that would eliminate the indiscriminate killing and violent policing of black and brown people in our society.
We are what we repeat, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
A Holistic Ecosystem
We will implement our plan through a holistic ecosystem that drives meaningful change to eradicate police brutality.
Community Policing Model
Independent Review Panel
Establish an Independent Review Panel for the review of every case that involves the death of a civilian as a result of an altercation with a police officer
Develop a process for the immediate removal from active duty of any police officers involved in a death that occurs in the line of duty
Revamp internal police department promotion practices to elevate cops who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, cultural sensitivity, protecting and serving the communities they serve
Incorporate trauma-informed, cultural and unconscious bias training in the police academy, at least annually for all police officers
Work with progressive police unions to ensure that there is support for reform initiatives
We will work with local leaders and legislators to establish an appropriate legislative framework to support a progressive policing model. Concepts to be addressed include: review ending chokeholds and broken windows policing; qualified immunity, and use of force standards.
Commit to the transparency of police officers’ records (either good or bad) particularly any time an altercation with police results in the death of a civilian
Expand the use of body cameras by all police officers on active duty
Surveys & Reports
Establish and agree to success measures. Conduct before and after surveys to ensure that we can assess the success of the program both quantitatively and qualitatively.
Examine stand your ground laws, propose meaningful reform, and address the de facto partnership that seems to occur between law enforcement and former law enforcement/ community enforcement
Identify and provide funding to support local community organizations that have been working on police reform initiatives so that we can include them in our ecosystem
Identify local organizations that we will work with to build connections to the community and identify community champions within the city who can help to lead the training and transformation process within the city
Explore how the rising tide lifts all boats (responsible policing broadly to benefit all communities and the police)
Education & Training
Provide trauma-informed training to community organizations and local schools so that communities can be prepared to partner appropriately with retrained police
Would you like to join our ecosystem?
In each city where we work, we will identify and work with local colleges/universities that have a dedicated civil rights curriculum focused on ending police violence, eradicating racism and promoting social justice.