Make police officers more accountable for racial profiling and brutality

Make police officers more accountable for racial profiling and brutality

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Akuzike Nkhalamba started this petition to Politicians and

The ongoing events regarding race in the USA, have been extremely devastating for many. They reveal a deep rooted and systemic problem of racism in the justice system, not only in the US but also here in the UK and the world over. The death of George Floyd has reignited a movement against a system where simply being black increases your chances of being stopped, searched and in the worst cases, killed by police officers.

These scenarios play out often and so far with inconsistent and unsatisfactory consequences for the officers responsible. There is a clear lack of accountability for officers who commit the most horrific acts towards citizens they are tasked with protecting. This demands interrogation. Police officers should be held accountable for their thoughts, biases and actions towards black people. Racial profiling and police brutality should be challenged and the following should be considered by our leaders and people in power as steps towards that:


1. Make race relations, racism and unconscious bias a mandatory element of police training. The rate at which black people are targeted by police is evidence of a society that continues to see black people as a threat, based only on the fact that they are black. Solving this begins by requiring key public servants like the police to unlearn these patterns.
2. Where there are instances of police brutality, officers should expect to be held accountable for their actions. It goes without saying that they should feel the full and unmitigated force of the law. What's more, they should also expect to address victims, victims' families and wider society via public hearings. The aim of these hearings would be to discuss their actions, in particular their racial profiling of the victim. The public have a right to answers about how and why these scenarios continue to play out and where further work needs to be done to prevent them.


Police officers, whether acting out of unconscious bias or pure hate should be aware of the repercussions. Until they are, we cannot move forward.


It is possible the above may already be in place or underway but not visible. By signing this petition we can raise awareness that open discussion is the starting point in tackling ongoing racial injustice in our societies. Please show your support and sign today.

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