Racial justice and civil liberties groups have long campaigned against unchecked abuse of police power, often racially targeted, that is endemic in communities across the United States. But the Black Lives Matter movement has raised the problem of racial profiling and police brutality to the center of the national agenda. The heavily militarized police response to the protests has also highlighted the issue of the criminalization of dissent.
Among the policy solutions to address police violence toward communities of color: end broken windows policing; establish community oversight; limit use of force; independent investigations and prosecutions of police misconduct; film the police; stop police militarization.
Report: Law Enforcement Face Recognition is Unregulated and In Many Instances Out Of Control. But Here’s What You Can Do About It.
Math isn’t colorblind and algorithms don’t care about free speech, but police and the FBI are treating face recognition technology as if it is divorced from the realities of centuries of repressive policing.
Community leaders should press state and local agencies, and the FBI, to be fully transparent about how they use face recognition; if those agencies refuse, advocates should use state and federal Freedom of Information laws to take them to court. Advocates should also press city councils, state legislatures, and law enforcement for laws and use manuals that protect individual liberties and civil rights.
The candidates took up “stop and frisk,” the terror watch list (“no fly, no buy”), racism, and Islamophobia.
Last year, the Charlotte City Council unanimously passed a civil liberties resolution that was supposed to prevent the kind of police encounter that ended Keith Lamont Scott’s life. It was supposed to ensure that there are no “footnotes or asterisks” to the phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance “with liberty and justice for all.”
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee & Defending Dissent Foundation today called for the immediate release to the public of dash cam videos showing the killing of Keith Lamont Scott that are currently in the possession of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.