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Black Lives Matter Releases List of Demands for Police Reform

August 21, 2015  | 

The Black Lives Matter movement has released a detailed list of specific proposals for changing the operations of American law enforcement.

The comprehensive set of policy demands on the federal and state level introduced by Black Lives Matter activists on Friday, named Campaign Zero, comes after months of discussions with protesters from across the country and was informed by the recommendations of President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. One of the members of Campaign Zero's planning team, Brittany Packnett, was actually a member of the presidential task force as well as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) Ferguson Commission, Huffington Post reports.

Many of Campaign Zero's proposals -- including body cameras, better training, and community oversight -- enjoy broad support from the American public at large and many law enforcement leaders. Just this week, in fact, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) issued a study suggesting that the way police officers use force needs to "change dramatically," and that many controversial police shootings -- even if legally justified -- could have been avoided.

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kevCopAz @ 8/22/2015 10:05 AM

OK a few things about the "plan". 1) ending broken window policies and demilitarization is exactly what criminals and thugs want most, freedom to commit crimes. Just see what happened in NYC since DeBlassio took over. 2) I have zero idea what they mean by "for profit policing". Even places with "speed traps" (if there really are) never make a profit over all based on fines alone. 3) isn't community oversight and involvement the same thing? 4) Finally what does a union contract have to do with this issue? Less benefits and pay will make cops more peaceful towards minorities? WTF? Seems to me that these folks just want to gut police departments and make most qualified people refuse to be cops so that the thugs can run the system even more then they do now. F these folks, who asked them anyway?

OK @ 8/22/2015 10:21 AM

I wonder how many politians will cave to this latest fly by night social media/civil disobedience gang.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/22/2015 2:28 PM

The activists can take campaign zero and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

Hoshi @ 8/22/2015 2:42 PM

And if their demands aren't met what are they going to do?

Ali Akbar @ 8/22/2015 4:10 PM

Demand CRIMINAL behavior from community residents.

LaXPop @ 8/23/2015 3:14 AM

I have a better idea, one guaranteed to end 100% of the use of force issues. Teach your kids to obey the law, respect authority, and settle any disputes you have with the validity of an arrest or citation not at the traffic stop, but in the courtroom, just like veery one of my family and friends do, and not one of them has been beaten, shot, or killed by those in law enforcement. I was able to raise my station to one better than what I was born into by being a valued member of my community, and having some justified self-worth.

Oh, and the catchphrase of the month, "demilitarization?" To expect someone to stand in front of you, protecting you from untold evils done by lowlife sub-humans who have no rule book to follow, and then to also tell them that they do not have the right to defend themselves, is as ridiculous as using that same logic with how we arm our military. Each and every item that this movement says needs to be taken from law enforcement agencies is designed to protect them so that they don't have to sacrifice their lives from morons who want to hurt them. I think the bright minds who come up with this nonsense needs to walk a mile in the shoes of those they are wanting to cripple, and see how much they wish they had a helmet when some idiot hits them with a brick!

This age of self-entitlement is going to be the death of this nation. Until people take responsibility for the situations they themselves cause, there will be nothing of value learned.

Larry Thompson @ 8/23/2015 9:56 AM

This political group's agenda is hypocritical at best. If they spent more time campaigning for the thugs and their followers to comply with an officer's orders in a tense situation that the officer responded to, no telling how many people could benefit. The time to stand up for suspected wrong doing on the part of police is not on the street. It is in court. This is just another "I want me cake and eat it, too" attempt by race baiters and the thugs they choose to represent.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/23/2015 1:53 PM

"BLM" is not what it appears. This is a political attack arm of the GOP. Their funding is coming through a GOP think tank. This group is being controlled by rich white Republican lobbyists with the intention of disrupting the Democratic Party through ruse and dirty tricks. Unfortunately for the public side of the group they have no idea where their money is coming from and how skillfully they are being manipulated. Eventually the media will get to the source of Black Lives Matter powerful support and all will be revealed. Until then just watch and learn.

HT @ 8/23/2015 3:06 PM

They are full of $!&@. I don't see anyone protesting when a police officer gets ambushed and killed by some low life thug!

sgtken @ 8/23/2015 3:27 PM

Ima Leprechaun, you're meds are wearing off. If anything it's the dems who hate the police, example Holder.

Steve Rothstein @ 8/23/2015 7:28 PM

Some of the demands are the right thing to do and I can support, some are so obviously nonsense that they make the whole thing suspect.

I support demilitarization of the police, as in stopping some of the transfer of military weapons and tactics to the police. I also fully support body cameras and recording of the police - it will protect us much more than it could hurt us. It will only bother the officers that are doing things wrong. I also support removing policies, if by that they are commenting on the civil asset forfeiture laws. My opinion is they violate the Fifth Amendment (just my opinion obviously).

But Broken Windows is a valid method of policing that is scientifically proven. Our use of force is already limited by the law, and it is generally driven by the actions of the suspect more than anything else. And I have no idea what police contracts have to do with this issue. These help destroy the credibility of the whole argument and set of demands.

Chad Wardlaw @ 8/24/2015 6:58 AM

It's well over due that the presidents and vice presidents of the national law enforcement organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Association of Police Chiefs get themselves not just on Fox News but on CNN and most especially MSNBC. Where has our voice been on the national level since August 2014? Why pay dues to these organizations and others? They should be asking or demanding to go on live tv with the true experts who are the street level officers and supervisors and explain what we deal with. They can also break down the car cam and body cam videos of each incident that makes the news. The thugs/criminals know the deal and they want the uninformed everyday person, who has no idea what crime is unless they watch or read the news, to think that LEO is out of control. I applaud David Clarke, from the Milwaukee Sheriffs Department, for having been the Voice for law enforcement but we need more so the stupid things like Police Reform can be countered.

S.S. @ 8/24/2015 8:35 AM

Steve Rothstein militarization is and should be in place for us. Reason well we are having more and more attacks by lone wolves that support isis and other terror orgainizations. WE NEED that equipment. Along with other parts of it. So I disagree with you on that part. 99% of us do our jobs well, and unfortunately there are a few bad apples, that we need to get rid of, but we do this job cause it was our calling, and WE DO PROTECT AND SERVE THE PUBLIC even if some are to ignorant to understand. It's a thankless job but someone has got to do it. We are unlike any other people. The gratitude at the end of my shift is coming to my family.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/30/2015 11:31 AM

Sgt Ken the Koch brothers have already admitted to supporting this group. You live in denial and your meds have already worn off, I pity you.

John retired PD @ 8/31/2015 9:26 PM

I find it very interesting, and sad, that when a white LEO is involved in a physical confrontation or shooting of a minority, the media is very quick to say what a white LEO did to a minority. But if a minority attacks or kills a LEO, there is never a mention of the race of the suspect. Maybe someone out there has the answer.

Yes, you will on occasion have an officer that makes a bad decision, and you will on occasion have an officer who should not be in law enforcement. But it is the vast majority of officers that will uphold the rights of everyone including those that chant "pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon."

There are a couple of demands missing from the black lives matter list that the people making these demands need to adhere to.
1. All lives matter.
2. Don't buy or sell drugs.
3. Don't commit drive by shootings.
4. Dispute the arrest in court, not on the street.
5. Don't commit crimes.
6. Be an actual parent. Don't let you kids grow up on the street.

Chuck @ 12/24/2015 7:35 AM

These people need to start being treated as the TERRORISTS they are. I am sick and tired of the bleeding heart for the SCUM of the land and all the criminal activity they represent. It is time to stand for what it TRUE and what is RIGHT.....not the LIES of BLM.

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