Preamble: The work of the civil rights movement was arguably stalled by government corruption and an acceptance of violence on some parts of the movement. This platform is intended to continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who prescribed a four step nonviolent direct action plan, in formal rejection of the use of violence and corruption: (1) collection of fact to ensure injustices exist, (2) negotiation, (3) self-purification, and (4) direct action.
It is our position that a non-exhaustive list of things to pursue in negotiation are the following 15 items. This list is a starting point for discussing policies that have been used on local, state, national, and international levels to affirm the equality granted to every individual under the constitution.
1. Community Civil Groups - Investment in these groups empowers the community to control themselves. If individuals want to better their communities, they should have the support of law enforcement to do so.
2. Diversification of Law Enforcement Agencies - Law enforcement officers should be members of the communities they serve and departments roughly represent the demographic of their communities.
3. Training - Law enforcement should undergo cultural sensitivity training, unique to the communities they serve. Civic and driver education courses should include training on law enforcement interactions.
4. Civics Courses - These courses should be restored to teach individuals how to be civic-minded and to diminish the "us" versus "them" culture.
5. Education of Law Enforcement Encounters - Law enforcement should publish codes of conduct during traffic stops. Acting within this code should exonerate civilians from any "wrongdoing."
6. Body and Vehicle Recording Systems - Every law enforcement officer with a gun, should have to wear a recording device. Officers should be immediately sanctioned for circumstances where a recording would exonerate them, but is unable, due to unreasonable activity on behalf of the officer.
7. Police-Civilian Task Forces - Law enforcement and citizens should participate in task force think-tanks to increase the connectivity between community and law enforcement. Engaging civilians is the only way to have optimal law enforcement performance.
8. Citizen Review Panels - Cases involving lethal force by law enforcement should be reviewed by a panel of members of the community and various decision-makers for transparency. Review panelist should represent the demographic of the community and should undergo training in police tactics and procedures. The panel would review evidence and make findings to be reported to the prosecutor.
9. Depart of Justice Review - The DOJ reviews cases the Citizen Review Panel recommends.
10. Law Enforcement Reporting - Law enforcement should be required to report all available demographic and statistical information of civilians involved in all incidents where lethal force or force likely to cause great bodily injury is used.
11. Research - Communities should enlist researchers to assess the magnitude of lethal force used by law enforcement and available non-lethal force alternatives.
12. Truth and Reconciliation - Communities with torn histories with their law enforcement agencies should have the effective engagement of law enforcement to begin the healing of our history.
13. Voter Access - Access to voting should be easy. Postage paid absentee ballots, internet voting, library, etc. Employers with more than a certain amount of employees could/should create in-house polling places for their employees or permit adequate, paid-time to vote during the shift.
14. Opt-Out Voter Registration - Citizens should be automatically registered once they reach voting age.
15. Prohibition of Voter Disenfranchisement Laws - All free citizens in this democracy have a constitutional right to participate in choosing their representation.
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