Letters: Who Is Keeping The Police Accountable?

To the Editor:

Eleven years ago in an article in The New Crisis, the Miami branch of the NAACP called for a push for police accountability due to three shootings by police officers within 2001. In a Colorlines online article in 2011, Dale Landry, who was Chairperson of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Committee for the Florida Conference of the NAACP was quoted on the Colorlines site saying, “…it’s my firm belief that when you don’t have oversight, you start having this high number of homicides, especially questionable homicides.” Landry went on to say “The investigators of police shootings are usually from the same agency.”

 On May 31 Tremaine MacMillian, 14, was assaulted by Miami-Dade where the police claimed MacMillian gave “dehumanizing stares…and appeared threatening”. The police officer at the time handcuffed and choked MacMillian. Frank Chapman, Chairperson of the Chicago Alliance Organizing Committee to Stop Police Crimes, observed that “According the Miami-Dade Police Department Mission Statement under Integrity their hallmark is to ‘hold ourselves accountable for our actions and take pride in a professional level of service and fairness to all.’ This kind of criminal behavior by the police certainly does not meet that standard.”

 The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is proposing that Chicago should enact legislation empowering an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. This council will be a truly independent, oversight body that can act against police crimes.

A.J. Segneri, Stop Police Crimes Campaign and Frank Chapman, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

References:

Colorlines article

For more Information:

Stop Police Crimes Campaign

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

 

 

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