Criminal Justice Reform 10 Point Plan

Criminal Justice Reform 10 Point Plan

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In light of the recent killings of unarmed African-Americans,  we have developed a 10 point plan of criminal justice reform.

 

I'm no legislator but I think this is a pretty good start. These are some things I think folks can get behind and that would bring real change to the criminal justice system. Yes, I know they are extreme but we should be pushing for significant changes because this system needs surgery not band-aids.


1. Self-Policing

African American communities must be policed by African American law enforcement officers. Affidavits for search and arrest warrants must be reviewed by African American judges/magistrates. Execution of these warrants must be handled by an African American police officer. In the event more than one officer is required to execute the warrant, at least 50% of the officers and the supervising officer shall be African American.

2. Prosecution of African Americans

Before an African American can be charged with a felony offense, a grand jury made up of at least 50% African-American jurors must review the bill of indictment and vote to proceed with formal charges.

Before an African can be charged with any misdemeanor, an African American prosecutor must review the misdemeanor allegation (information) and recommend charges.

3. Jury Requirement

In any trial alleging that an African American committed any crime, a jury that is at least 50%, African American must decide the guilt/innocence phase of the proceeding.

4. Qualified Immunity

We call for immediate elimination of qualified immunity for police officers.

5. Body Cameras and Dash Cameras

Failure of an officer to use a body camera or dash camera during an arrest creates a presumption of the use excessive force by the offending officer and the death of any suspect at the hands of any officer shall result in the automatic termination of the officer.

6. Police Prosecution

When any African-American is believed to have been killed by a law enforcement officer, an independent group of five law enforcement experts that is at least 60% African American shall, within 24 hours, review the available evidence and make a binding recommendation for or against formally charging the officer. The same group shall recommend the type charge(s) to the grand jury within a reasonable amount of time following the offense.

7. Special Prosecutor

When any African-American is believed to have been killed by a law enforcement officer and formal charges are recommended, an African American shall serve as a special prosecutor and shall prosecute the suspected officer.

8. Jury Makeup During Officer Prosecution

In any criminal proescution of a law enforcement officer for a violent crime against an African-American, the jury shall be at least 50% African American.

9. Failure to Intervene

Any officer that witnesses another officer commit an unnecessary act of violence against any suspect or third party and if given the opportunity, fails to intervene to prevent further bodily injury or death, the nonintervening officer shall be charged with a felony in the 3rd degree.

In any case where the victim of the unauthorized act of violence dies, the nonintervening officer shall be charged with a felony in the 2nd degree.

10. Sentencing

If an African-American is convicted of a crime, the sentencing jury shall be at least 50% African-American. If the suspect elects sentencing by a judge or magistrate, the sentencing judge shall be African Ameican.

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