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8 Reforms That Could Dramatically Reduce Police Violence - UPDATED

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

#8Can'tWait is a set of proposals aimed at reducing the use of force by police. The eight proposals are: 

  1. Ban chokeholds and strangleholds; 
  2. Require de-escalation; 
  3. Require warning before shooting; 
  4. Exhaust all other means before shooting; 
  5. Duty to intervene; 
  6. Ban shooting at moving vehicles; 
  7. Require use of force continuum; and 
  8. Require comprehensive reporting. 

By selecting your city in the drop down box on the 8Can'tWait website, you can see which of the eight proposals your city has adopted. 

UPDATE: Please note that organizations, like the Human Rights Watch, have criticized the #8cantwait proposals as not going far enough, and potentially exacerbating the problem. “The #8CantWait policing program is so superficial as to be meaningless,” said John Raphling, US criminal legal system researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It allows mayors and police chiefs to say they’re doing something without actually making the changes that are needed.” 

Resource: DeRay Mckesson on the 8 Reforms That Could Dramatically Reduce Police Violence, published by GQ, written by Alex Shultz, June 3, 2020; US: Reject #8CantWait Policing Program, published by the Human Rights Watch, June 9, 2020. 

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