Connect LAPD to disparaged communities through required out-of-uniform community work

Connect LAPD to disparaged communities through required out-of-uniform community work

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Huggy Wright started this petition to Residents of Los Angeles and

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Breanna Taylor’s death, and all other people of color who have been killed at the hands of local law enforcement, I am calling for a county wide requirement for officers of the LAPD to serve 100 hours of community service as part of their training, and 40 hours of out-of-uniform community service quarterly to the disparaged communities that comprise Los Angeles.

One issue that we face nationwide is the lack of rapport between civilians and local law enforcement. Many people feel anxiety during police presence in general, and the history of police brutality in America continues to add new chapters.

We have reached an all time low in trust for our local police officers. I can’t help but think though, that if we knew the faces that wore badges in our communities, if they knew our faces, our interests, our ambitions, our hardships and our pain, that we would be more likely to treat each other with compassion.

Enforcing laws in America is not an easy job. There are far too many racial inequalities and injustices within our judicial system that prohibit people from supporting local law enforcement. While connecting the two may not change our unjust courtrooms and prison ratios, if it could save even one life then I think it’s worth a shot.

There surely would be hesitation and fear from both sides in commencing such a policy, but I truly don’t believe that this idea is very radical at all. We should not fear for our lives when we get pulled over, we should see a familiar face, a husband, a father, a brother, eventually maybe even a friend.

In the end my hope is that we can reduce tension between civilians and law enforcement, and that police officers can see us for who we are. We are sons. We are daughters. We are humans and our lives matter.

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