The murder of George Floyd is making clear to white people what Black people have known for 400 years: as Co-Director Gemeem Davis said, “that our lives are under constant, violent assault. And in the United States, it’s legal.” Racism, abuse of power, and corruption of policing is the root cause of violence in our country. And here in Bridgeport, too.
We are in a state of emergency and it is the people who are demanding change!
We at Gen Now know that means policy change – we must move our police department from racist policies to anti-racist policies. And to hold those with power – our Mayor, City Council, and Police Chief – accountable to dismantling racism, abuse, and corruption within this incredibly harmful system!
We the people of Bridgeport are ready to work with the Mayor and City Council to:
— Reallocate money away from the police department and into education, housing, and other community needs
— Reform our Police Union contract to address unchecked power, fire abusive officers and hold others truly accountable
— Reform our Policy Handbook to have zero tolerance for excessive force and other violent behaviors
— Demilitarize our police department
— Remove police from our schools
— Establish Anti-Racism training for all of BPD
— Organize real community forums
— Reform the Citizen Complaint process
— Retire Chair Daniel Roach from the Police Commission and return the commission to a true civilian review board