Over the past two days, we saw video of police officers shooting #AltonSterling, father of five, while he lay on the ground and then #PhilandoCastile during a traffic stop for a broken tail light.
Alton and Philando were the 184th and 185th black people killed by police this year. They should both be alive today.
Urgent action is needed to put in place comprehensive policy solutions to end police violence in our communities. Today we launch a visualization of the local, state, and federal laws that have been enacted since 2014 to address police violence, showing areas where progress has been made and where work still needs to be done to put in place systems and structures that protect our communities from police violence. Here are some of the findings:
- At least 60 laws have been enacted in the past two years to address police violence and another 58 bills are currently being considered;
- New legislation has been enacted in 28 states, while 9 states are currently considering legislation;
- 5 states (CA, CT, IL, MD, UT) have enacted legislation addressing three or more Campaign Zero policy categories;
- Executive action has been taken at the federal level as well as legislation;
- Local ordinances have been passed in many of America's largest cities.
Click here to access the legislation visualization and take action tool.
What You Can Do
Review the new laws that have been put in place in your community and use the Take Action advocacy tool on the page to see how state representatives have voted on these measures and demand they take more meaningful action to end police violence in your state. You can alsoembed the advocacy tool on your website to encourage more people to hold their representatives accountable for addressing police violence.
In the coming weeks, we will be forming a collective of advocates, policy researchers, and civic technologists to develop new ways to connect more and more people to the information, tools, and networks needed to advance comprehensive policy solutions - at every level of government - to end police violence in America.
If you are a policy researcher, coder/developer, or activist and would like to assist us in the next phase of this project, please reply to this e-mail directly.
// DeRay, Netta, Brittany, & Sam