Prevent police brutality with tangible solutions

Prevent police brutality with tangible solutions

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Elijah Cox started this petition to Representative Robert J. Wittman

Every few years a black man dies and there's outrage and policemen get away with it. When protests fall on deaf ears, riots occur. Riots are the escalation of legislative inaction. In the few cases that police actually receive the sentences they deserve, there are no legislative actions. Punishing police for acts of violence is not enough. We need preventative measures to allow black people to stop living in fear. Good Samaritan laws should be extended to prevent police brutality. When George Floyd was murdered there were people there unable to do anything, but watch and record. There are two reasons for this:

  1. The police there were armed so there was a risk of life and limb.
  2. Even if they succeeded in saving his life they could have gotten punished by the law for obstruction of justice and served time.

Allowing for a law to allow citizens to intervene when police are clearly risking another human being's life and limb would reduce the unnecessary deaths at the hands of police. This law needs to be carried out with extreme precision to prevent abuse as well. Afterward, we need to create a newly elected body tasked only with keeping records and intervening when police brutality occurs. We need a legal authority that is separate from the regular police, has their own training and authority over only the police. Even if we had an excellent police chief after he steps down a man of lesser caliber could allow for great misuse of power. This would make sure no conflicts of interest would occur and they can't abuse their power with regular citizens. Citizens' arrests also need to be illegal unless they are trained and licensed or just illegal. I shouldn't get to hunt people. There is more potential for bad than good. How is the average person supposed to restrain a supposed criminal? At the bare minimum it's an assault at worst it ends in murder as we saw with Ahmad Aubrey. Next Private Prisons need to be abolished. Private prisons make money based on occupancy incentivizing holding people longer and denying parole. Finally, the law should reflect public opinion. No law should be arbitrary. The legalization of cannabis is already supported by over 60% of Americans. Drug addicts should be given help instead of rotting in cells. Once more Americans have faith in the law people will feel less obliged to break it.

we need 

  • Good Samaritan Law protection on intervention in police brutality
  • To create a newly elected body tasked only with keeping record and intervening when police brutality occurs.
  • Citizen's arrests to be illegal unless trained and licensed
  • Private Prisons abolished
  • Legalization of Cannabis 
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