This issue is important to me because of the difference I have perceived in my interaction with police in Canada versus the US.
While there is a racial element to this issue that desperately needs to be addressed, the issues of the militarization of the police, civil forfeiture, etc, also have impacts on all Americans
The goal of this campaign is to lobby for federal laws outlining the use of force, to have the justice department hold police and police districts accountable for brutality, and to fund training programs that tackle racism and injustice in community policing.
About Police Brutality
Police brutality or police violence is a civil rights violation where police officers use excessive force against a civilian. This includes physical or verbal harassment, physical or mental injury, property damage, and death.
The United States has developed a reputation for cases of police brutality, having reported far more incidents of killings by police officers than the rest of the Western world. In 2014, the UN Committee against Torture condemned police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement in the US, and highlighted the "frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals".
In the U.S., police brutality and killings by police have been an act of racial profiling or are racial driven. An FBI report from 2012 observed that while blacks represent 13% of the US population, they accounted for 31% of those killed by police. Black Americans are 2.8 times more likely to die from police than white Americans. This has only been brought to the attention of the public because of the high-profile killings of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and many others by police officers.
No lobbyist has been assigned to this issue yet, but staff from Lobbyists 4 Good will begin researching and preparing materials for the subsequent lobbying campaign.
On average, every $100 raised results in an hour of lobbying.
Lobbyists will identify the best legislation that will address the issue and lobby for its passage or adoption into other relevant legislation. The Congressional Black Caucus has announced they will be drafting legislation to address police brutality and we will likely be advocating for the passage of those bills in the House of Representatives.
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