Campaign Zero: A Solution for Ending Police Violence?

Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 6 Comments

Nadia Prupis | Common Dreams

'We must end police violence so we can live and feel safe in this country,' Campaign Zero states on its website. (Photo: Basil-Malik/flickr/cc

‘We must end police violence so we can live and feel safe in this country,’ Campaign Zero states on its website. (Photo: Basil-Malik/flickr/cc

Activists launch website outlining federal, state, and local policies to crisis of police brutality and racism.

On Friday, activists with the country’s growing racial justice movement unveiled a new campaign to end police violence, bridging protester demands with data and policy to create structural solutions to the crisis that has gripped national attention for more than a year.

Launched as an online manifesto with an interactive website, Campaign Zero proposes new federal, state, and local laws that would address police violence and reform the criminal justice system—including demilitarizing law enforcement, increasing community oversight, limiting use-of-force, and requiring independent investigation and prosecution of police violence cases.

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“More than one thousand people are killed by police every year in America,” the group states on its website. “Nearly sixty percent of victims did not have a gun or were involved in activities that should not require police intervention such as harmless ‘quality of life’ behaviors or mental health crises.”

The action plan also incorporates recommendations by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing as well as those of research organizations like the Center for Popular Democracy. The architects behind Campaign Zero characterized it as a project that will continue to develop over time as new solutions emerge and more supporters come on board.

The four creators of the new campaign and authors of the manifesto—Samuel Sinyangwe, Brittany Packnett, Johnetta Elzie, and DeRay McKesson—are co-founders of We The Protesters, which as the Guardian notes is “a prominent section of a wider protest movement that is frequently referred to, in general terms, as Black Lives Matter.”

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“This is just the beginning,” they wrote in a statement accompanying the launch.

In the year that has passed since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri, police have killed at least 1,083 Americans—an average of nearly three people per day, according to figures compiled by VICE News. Even that figure, released August 9, quickly became outdated.


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  1.' Ronnie Proudfoot says:

    End police violence by arming citizens then it’s an equal playing field and most folks are very cordial to each other..

  2.' Dlav Gaucher says:

    SOMETHING HAS…to change..police are on a “POWER TRIP” like no other time..the saying goes…”As a child they had no power, for what ever reason, as an ADULT, you abuse your power with a vengeance ” childhood issues, they need counselors

  3.' Brandon Reineke says:

    Black lives won’t matter until they stop murdering themselves.

    •' Joanna Smith says:

      You’re a real idiot

    •' Dan Magid says:

      Why would you say that? This is an aspect of the argument I don’t understand. Of black lives mattered the incredible rate that they are murdering each other should be addressed. When someone does they’re simple “idiots”. To not address this turns BLM into another meaningless grandstand.

  4.' Mal Talman says:

    Black lives were the first lives on this earth before white lives were here there were only black one’s

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