A section of #BlackLivesMatter called Campaign Zero has come up with a 10-point program to improve policing, following criticisms that #BlackLivesMatter was merely a protest movement that lacked a positive program.
Campaign Zero translated its 10 general principles into detailed policy demands on local, state and federal governments. BLM members should not longer be at a loss for words when asked what they really want.
Most of these principles should be self-explanatory. You can get details by clicking on the icons on the Campaign Zero site.
“Broken windows” policing is based on the theory that minor crime and disorder should not be tolerated because it creates an atmosphere in which major crime seems more normal.
“Policing for profit” refers to practice of local governments using fines, fees and asset forfeitures as a source of revenue.
“Fair union contracts” refers to provisions in police union contracts which give police officers extra-Constitutional protections when accused of misconduct, such as cooling-off periods before being asked to testify.
Campaign Zero also has tracked the positions of the presidential candidates relevant to these issues.
The three major Democratic candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have all taken positions relevant to most of these 10 points. Interestingly, the one point on which all three have been silent so far is the police union contracts.
Among Republicans, the only candidate who has taken a relevant position is Rand Paul, who opposes asset foreiture.
I think the Campaign Zero platform is a practical program for protecting the civil liberties not just of African-Americans, but, as a collateral benefit, the civil liberties of all Americans.
Why Liberals Separate Race From Class by Touré F. Reed for Jacobin. An important essay about why racism is systemic and more than just the sum of individual attitudes. Hat tip to Bill Harvey.
Black Lives Matter Activists Release Police Reform Proposals by Ed Krayewski for Reason magazine.
Campaign Zero: Black Lives Matter activists’ new comprehensive policy platform, explained by German Lopez for Vox.
Bernie Sanders Just Promised to End the For-Profit Prison Industry by M. David for Countercurrent News.
Tags: #BlackLivesMatter, Bernie Sanders, Campaign Zero, HIllary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Militarization of police, Police, police asset seizures, Police Killings, Police unions, Rand Paul, union contracts