Center for American Progress releases guidelines to combat police brutality, amid recent protests

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Protesters gather at Foley Square on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, as part of a demonstration against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFXR) — The Center for American Progress (CAP) highlighted key actions that state and local officials should take to address reform and respond to ongoing protests.

The organization recognizes the severity of police brutality against Black Americans and emphasizes the need for transformation of the justice system, particularly involving the role of the police in U.S. communities.

“The killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests against police brutality has brought back a debate that never left us: What is and should be the role of police in our communities across America?”

Ed Chung: Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center for American Progress

CAP provided a list of immediate actions governors and mayors should take to combat systemic racism:

  • De-escalate. De-escalation is a cornerstone of policing reform and must drive police responses not only in individual interactions but also when faced with mass demonstrations.
  • Publicly state that they will not ask the U.S. Department of Defense to have active duty U.S. military personnel provide assistance in responding to protests or demonstrations.
  • Require officers responding to demonstrations to practice physical distancing. The country is still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, and policing practices must change and adapt to these circumstances. This includes reducing custodial arrests as well as citing and releasing people if necessary.
  • Provide transparency by publicizing the protocols for investigating and prosecuting police brutality cases in conjunction with the police department and district attorney. If those protocols are deficient or nonexistent, announce immediate steps to develop them in cooperation with members of impacted communities.
  • Establish law enforcement misconduct databases at the local and state levels. 

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