Police Reform Change.org
We are calling on U.S. House of Representatives to draft and pass legislation that addresses the need for:
- Enacting citizen-police relations board
- National body and vehicle cam laws
- Better police training in regards to race relations, racial sensitivity
- Pushing departments to make diversity within departments a priority
- Raising hiring standards, including better vetting of potential officers in the areas of mental health, social media histories, organizational affiliations, etc.
- Police department oversight linked to funding to the end that the police are monitoring their officers and their community interactions more vigilantly
- Greater accountability for officers who have complaints made on them ensuring that they don't slip by (like Derek Chauvin did with 18 prior complaints)
- Stripping Police Unions of their power to block police accountability (see www.checkthepolice.org/#project
Police Officer Bill of Rights – Articles Which Need Reform
- The employer shall not cause the public safety officer under interrogation to be subjected to visits by the press or news media without his or her express consent
- Nor shall his or her home address or photograph be given to the press or news media without his or her express consent
- (f) No statement made during interrogation by a public safety officer under duress, coercion, or threat of punitive action shall be admissible in any subsequent civil proceeding. (This needs to be the same for civilians.) This subdivision is subject to the following qualifications:
- (2) This subdivision shall not prevent the admissibility of statements made by the public safety officer under interrogation (this clause is too open and vague.)
in any civil action, including administrative actions, brought by that public safety officer, or that officer's exclusive representative, arising out of a disciplinary action.
- (g) The complete interrogation of a public safety officer may be recorded. If a tape recording is made of the interrogation, the public safety officer shall have access to the tape if any further proceedings are contemplated or prior to any further interrogation at a subsequent time. The public safety officer shall be entitled to a transcribed copy of any notes made by a stenographer or to any reports or complaints made by investigators or other persons, except those which are deemed by the investigating agency to be confidential. (The investigating agency is the agency also being sighted for abusive or not adhering to constitutional law. This is a clear conflict of interest.)
- 3304. (a) No public safety officer shall be subjected to punitive action, or denied promotion, or be threatened with any such treatment, because of the lawful exercise of the rights granted under this chapter, or the exercise of any rights under any existing administrative grievance procedure. Nothing in this section shall preclude a head of an agency from ordering a public safety officer to cooperate with other agencies involved in criminal investigations. If an officer fails to comply with such an order, the agency may officially charge him with insubordination. (The problem above is that clause 3304, is regulated and set forth by the police union contract which in itself, needs serious reform.)
- (b) No punitive action, nor denial of promotion on grounds other than merit, shall be undertaken by any public agency without providing the public safety officer with an opportunity for administrative appeal. Here again, the appeal merit is based upon the police union contract agreement.
Stripping Police Unions of Their Ability to Block Police Accountability
Little will change if the police union continue to regulate law and shield police against misconduct. “In big cities, where police unions have political clout, rigid union contracts restricted the ability of police chiefs and civilian oversight bodies to tackle misconduct. As a result, an officer involved in a shooting often cannot be interviewed at the scene; internal affairs investigators have to wait days to get a statement.”
— Jonathan Smith, former senior litigator, DOJ Civil Rights Division - source