Black Activists Propose “Campaign Zero” To Reduce Police Killings


Prominent black activists have offered a policy platform to end killings by the police in the U.S. and said they will track and hold 2016 candidates accountable for their stances, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Campaign Zero,” marks the most sweeping and detailed policy platform to emerge along with the Black Lives Matter movement. On a slickly produced website, it proposes 10 reform tenets, many backed with specific policy proposals to end the hundreds of police killings that happen annually in the U.S. The campaign’s pillars include limiting police use of force, beefing up oversight of police departments with civilian review boards and equipping officers with body cameras. The activists call for an end to aggressive police tactics and heavy fines when it comes to minor infractions that tend to fall disproportionately on black Americans.

The group also adopted model police programs and proposals from around the nation. A call to end police ticket quotas points to Illinois law as a reference. A proposal to restrict the use of SWAT teams except for crisis situations cites Cincinnati police policy. A proposal to strengthen oversight suggests supporting a proposal in Congress that would incentivize independent investigations of police misconduct. Campaign Zero was created by DeRay Mckesson, Johnetta Elzie, Brittany Packnett — three of the most prominent activists to emerge during last year’s unrest in Ferguson, Mo. — and Samuel Sinyangwe, a San Francisco-based policy expert. Protesters associated with the national movement that emerged after the protests in Ferguson have been criticized for carrying out disruptive demonstrations but not engaging as much with the less dramatic processes of policymaking.

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