Every killing of a citizen by a police officer should be reviewed either by a community elected board and/or the Attorney General's office, alongside the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). Any instance of excessive force must involve an independent investigation by the MDCR.
There must be proper funding for citizen review boards for cities that choose to create them.
We must properly fund our police (and fire) departments and encourage more community policing.
All departments need a full-funded community resource/liaison officer, to ensure community transparency, education, and outreach.
There must be a database kept across Michigan that registers the demographics of all police encounters. Cities that have a high percentage of racial disparity between those numbers and the percentage of demographics of those living in the city must address racial bias in the department with the MDCR.
We need to add training for drug recognition experts once marijuana becomes legalized as an answer to issues such as driving under the influence.
Officers must have continuous professional development on mental health encounters, rape investigations, and others. We must also raise the bar on higher education requirements for new officers.
We must end the cash-bail system and only fine after a case, and only if the person is found guilty. Cases that are dismissed must have no fine, and for cases with fines community service hours should also be offered in-lieu at a rate of $15/hour.
We must end the "productivity" requirement for officers to encourage more community education, and less citizens fined for minor infractions or imprisoned for non-payment of fines.
All officers must be trained and equipped with non-lethal options such as tasers.
All officers must be trained and equipped with body cameras, this must be coupled with policies that protect both officer and public privacy while ensuring cameras are on during public encounters.
We must end the for-profit prison system in our state.
We must ensure prisoners are treated as human beings, and are provided rehabilitation and job training to best re-intigrate back into society.
Non-violent offenders should be kept out of prison as often as possible.
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