Police contracts are a tangible way to be able to channel the energy around systemic racism into concrete action.
NPR: American Police
Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. NPR looks into the origins of American policing and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system.
PDF: Police union contracts and the Police Bill of Rights analysis report
Vox: How police unions became so powerful — and how they can be tamed
Over about half a century, police unions have become one of the most powerful lobbies in local government.
“We wanted to understand how the relationship between police and the Black community had evolved to one so bloody and tragic. We talked to Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard. He lays out a historical argument for how Black people have been criminalized over the past 400 years.”
"Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eye and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice."
- Robert F. Kennedy
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