City of Boston Police Department Reform

City of Boston Police Department Reform

June 2, 2020
Petition to
Office of the Mayor Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and 2 others
Signatures: 2,501Next Goal: 5,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by Elliott Heroux

We the people of Boston demand Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Police Department, and Boston Police Commissioner to:

  1. Establish a commission dedicated to the independent investigation of all police violence within the City of Boston and all of its neighborhoods, whether reported or unreported
  2. Advocate for additional police training including but not limited to:
    1. Systemic racial injustice in the police system
    2. The unwarranted use of deadly or violent force against minority communities that do NOT pose a specific and immediate threat
    3. The use of social workers and mental health specialists in mental health emergencies where police need to be dispatched
  3. Ban on the use of knee holds and choke holds as a practice for police officers*
  4. Mandate that The Use of Force Continuum for the City of Boston must ensure that there are at least 6 levels of steps, with clear rules on escalation*
  5. Ensure that the City of Boston keeps an open record on officer misconduct information and disciplinary histories that are NOT shielded from the public*
    1. Recertification credentials may be denied from any police officer that is determined to have used unwarranted deadly force by federal guidelines

Please consider showing your support to help reform the police system in Boston  so that we can protect people of color from unwarranted deadly violence by police officers. Your support means we can build a better future for our City and ultimately the United States of America. Please share this petition so we can get the attention of elected officials in our city. Thank you so much.

*Demands 3 through 5 were adapted from the NAACP demands on police departments throughout the United States of America.

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Decision Makers

  • Boston Mayor Martin J. WalshOffice of the Mayor
  • Boston Police DepartmentBoston Police
  • William G. GrossBoston Police Commissioner