Target: William J. Bratton, police commissioner of the City of New York
Goal: Applaud the NYPD’s sweeping reforms of use-of-force, which has seemingly been abused recently.
Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Reform Use of Force After Former Tennis Star is Unjustly Slammed to the Ground, NYPD will now be required to report any and all use-of-force incidents involving civilians. Officers may also be disciplined if they fail to intervene when a colleague uses excessive force.
Officers will also be taught specific protocols on how to de-escalate a situation that could turn violent. The reforms will also include implementing data collection on all kinds of use-of-force rather than just on shooting incidents like previously done. The data collection will also track when force is used against police officers when a suspect resists arrest.
These policies are vital towards ensuring safety and proper handling of justice for both citizens and police officers, especially considering a recent report that said between 2010 and 2014, 36% of all officers who were found to have used excessive force did not face any discipline for their actions.
Applaud this step towards bettering police and civilian relations and working towards safety and justice for all.
Dear Commissioner Bratton,
It’s obvious that lately there has been a huge issue with use-of-force, especially highlighted during the recent incident where former tennis star James Blake was wrongly tackled to the ground after being mistaken for a suspect.
A recent report found that between 2010 and 2014, 36% of all officers who were found to have used excessive force did not face any discipline for their actions, so something definitely needed to be done about this.
I applaud you for reforming use-of-force policies and working towards safety and justice for both police officers and civilians.
[Your Name Here]
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