The National Urban League has released a 10 Point Journey to Justice plan developed to address the issues of police accountability and use of force nationally. Events of the past several months across the country have served as a powerful reminder of the need to have communities of color and all other groups treated in a manner that fully respects their rights as citizens versus victims. The Urban League of Portland has joined dozens of chapters across the nation in advocating for adoption of the correction actions outlined in the Journey to Justice plan. We are encouraged that several of the points outlined in the plan have already been brought to the attention of elected and police officials here in Portland, and many are provisions of the City’s settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice. We are, however, strongly encouraging the City to look to strengthen and expand their commitment to making these changes in our community. The time for change is now.
10-Point Journey to Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations,
“The phenomenon we have seen in America since the announcement of the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is new to a generation, but not to the nation. Young people have always helped to fuel historic social change. We must not forget – 50 years ago, it was young people on that bridge in Selma, Alabama; young people sitting-in in Greensboro, NC; young people riding Freedom buses all over this nation challenging conventional laws and the status quo; young people like Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney losing their lives in Philadelphia, Mississippi. A multicultural band of young people, united with historic civil rights organizations, legislators, clergy, and everyday Americans who decided that it was time for our country to do better and be better, have been the impetus for so many of the changes we’ve witnessed as a nation through the decades.
Millions of Americans have now taken to the streets and to social media not because the problems that have caused the outrage just began yesterday, but because sometimes difficult circumstances present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring about historic change. Now is that time. Now is our time.
This conversation and the subsequent action that will result from it will continue because we remain committed to the idea that these cases do not end where they are. In addition to the opportunity for the Justice Department to conduct independent investigations, we each have an opportunity to participate in our great democracy by helping to ensure that the America of tomorrow is better than who we are today.” -Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League
JOURNEY TO JUSTICE PLAN: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations
1. Widespread Use of Body Cameras and Dashboard Cameras
2. Broken Windows Reform and Implementation of 21st Century Community Policing Model
3. Review and Revision of Police Use of Deadly Force Policies
4. Comprehensive Retraining of All Police Officers
5. Comprehensive Review and Strengthening of Police Hiring Standards
6. Appointment of Special Prosecutors to Investigate Police Misconduct
7. Mandatory, Uniform FBI Reporting and Audit of Lethal Force Incidents Involving All Law Enforcement
8. Creation and Audit of National Database of Citizen Complaints against Police
9. Revision of National Police Accreditation System for Mandatory Use by Law Enforcement To Be Eligible for Federal Funds
10. National Comprehensive Anti-Racial Profiling Law