66 Young Black Elected Officials Release National Agenda to Combat Police Brutality

The National Black Caucus of the Young Elected Officials Network released a new police brutality agenda. The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network is a nonpartisan program of People For the American Way Foundation. The letter was signed by 66 young black elected officials. It calls for a jointed effort to end police brutality and gun violence.

“If we are truly going to solve this, we need the Department of Justice to invest nationally in body camera technology and law enforcement training,” said Baltimore City Council Member Brandon Scott.

The letter also calls for a national push to prosecute police misconduct, at all levels of government. It also demands for a more systemic investigation when agencies are suspected of engaging in “pattern or practice” violations and discrimination. Lastly it calls for an end to “broken windows” policing and “stop and frisk” policies.

The letter also recommends that local prosecutors create civil rights units dedicated to investigating and prosecuting police misconduct fairly, transparently and independently.

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