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This original article by can be found on Truthout here: https://truthout.org/articles/police-reforms-you-should-always-oppose/

Video description: Diego, a lightskinned Brown Nonbinary Chicanx, in a plain black shirt. They are wearing clear blue glasses. The background is white.

Transcript:

Police Reforms (sign CHANGE) You Should Always Oppose. Written by Mirame Kaba

Right now people all over the country are sharing different Reforms, proposals to decrease or increase funding to police. Not all reforms are the same, the author wrote a simple guide to help evaluate which reforms are good or bad. Which should be supported or not.

Number 1, if a reform says to invest more money to police, reject it.

Number 2, if a reform says to support expansion of police and policing, using creative terms like “community police” reject it.

Number 3, if a reform says its focus is on technology, reject it. It means more money for the police. Also, technology is used against people, not against police, which means more protection for the police. Advancing technology, making it top notch, does not mean violence from police will end. There are those who may say it will, but not really.

Number 4, if a reform is focused on individual dialogues with individual cops, ok, but where is that money coming from? (Tax dollars) Not saying I’m against dialogues, but that supports the idea that the problem are the ‘bad apples.” But the real problem is the system, that system corrupts and oppresses marginalized communities, the system values property.

What reforms should you support?

Number 1, if a reform proposes reparations to victims of police brutality, support it.

Number 2, if a reform proposes that police are required to have personal liability insurance, support it. That means if a police harms or kills people, insurance will cover the costs.

Number 3, if a reform proposes that funds for police and prisons decrease and are funneled to community programs and services, support it.

Number 4, if a reform proposes to elect civilians to form a Board to provide police accountability and oversight. If there’s something that happens this Board has the power to investigate, and if they find misconduct, they can serve penalties, fire police in any position. Support it.

Number 5, if a reform proposes to remove weapons from police, support it.

Number 6, if a reform proposes a simple plan to dissolve (decrease) police departments, support it.

Number 7, if a reform proposes data transparency including stops, arrests, budgeting, weapons, etc. Support it.

Ultimately, the only way that we will address oppressive policing is to abolish the police. Any “reforms” that focus on strengthening the police or “morphing” policing into something more invisible but still as deadly should be opposed.

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