CONTROL THE PATROL
Police violence is not just the thousand or so lives lost every year. Police violence exists in many aspects of our society--one factor, largely, being the lack of accountability and the unimaginable power police have over the community. You can find out about some of those power imbalances in our own communities by clicking here.
We must end the overpolicing of marginalized communities, especially Black, brown and Indigenous communities and work toward a society that does not rely on the strong arm of the law to live in peace. In fact, we firmly believe, in most situations, police bring violence rather than work to end it. However, it is not about being anti-police, it is about being pro-community.
Civilian Review Boards
Civilian review boards coupled with investigative panels make sense. Why would it be presumed safe that police departments should be able to police themselves? We need independent, autonomous review boards that act on their own to serve the people. We've found a model review board in Chicago and we think these could be implemented right here. We're calling for:
An autonomous review board that does not answer to the police chief, the mayor, city council nor any other existing government entity.
That operates on it's own budget of not less than 10% of the police department's annual budget.
That has the full ability to issue subpoenas, take testimony from officer's and witnesses.
That functions in a public, transparent manner in which complaints (with personally identifying information redacted) can be reviewed by the public each step of the way.
That has open public comment forum to allow the public to provide concerns and direction to the board, its supervisors and its directors.
That does not employ current or former police department personnel, their spouses, roommates, parents, children, close friends or other conflicts.
That allows civilians to file complaints online, through phone call or via traditional mail.
However, in order for this to work, the Florida Law Enforcement Bill of Rights must be repealed.
Repeal the Florida Law Enforcement Bill of Rights
End Broken Windows Policing
In short, broken windows policing is a theory that curbing small crimes, such as low-level drugs, sex work, loitering, sleeping in parks, vandalism etc. will eventually curb larger, violent crimes. In reality, it is just an easier mechanism to uphold racist, classist policy that punishes Black, brown and poor communities primarily.
We call upon all cities in Florida to end broken windows policing and divert the funds used to patrol those neighborhoods into community-driven services. From the paper: "Broken windows policing is the aggressive enforcement of low-level offenses. Based on a theory first articulated in a 1982 Atlantic Monthly article authored by George Kelling and James Wilson, broken windows policing assumes that policing “disorder” will reduce the occurrence of more serious crimes.9 One of the first attempts to implement the policy was initiated in New York’s subway system under the leadership of William J. Bratton and in consultation with the authors of the original article.10 Broken windows policing became one of the core policies of the NYPD when Bratton was named Police Commissioner in 1994 and with then Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s approval.11 It remains the focus of NYPD activity in low-income communities of color today and criminalizes ordinary behavior in those communities.12"