Police Reform: San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles police unions unveil plan to root out racist officers

Police Reform: San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles police unions unveil plan to root out racist officers

SAN FRANCISCO – Police unions from San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles are launching a reform agenda to find racist officials in their ranks and "exterminate them from the law enforcement profession," a statement released early Sunday morning said.

The San Jose Police Officers Association, the San Francisco Police Officers Association and the Los Angeles Police Protective League announce these efforts with full-page advertisements in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News.

The union's national reform plan, which comes into being following protests against a Minneapolis man murdered by a police officer on May 25 and other recent law enforcement deaths, begins with a national database of former police officers fired for gross misconduct to prevent others from being released Agencies hire them; a national standard for the use of violence that emphasizes respect for life, de-escalation, the obligation to intervene in the event of excessive violence or misconduct, proportional responses to dangerous incidents and strict accountability provisions; an early warning system to identify officials who may need more training and mentoring; ongoing and frequent crisis intervention and de-escalation training of police officers; and a transparent and publicly accessible website to analyze violence, where the public can monitor when and how violence is used.

The three unions also make a joint statement recognizing that there are racist police officers and the union's obligation to find and get rid of those officers.

"Our unions are committed to continuously improving policing in America," the statement said in part. "We believe that each of our departments has made tremendous progress in increasing accountability, transparency and adoption of policies that reduce the number and severity of violence.

However, we can do more and we believe that this agenda should be adopted in our country as an important step in improving police and community outcomes. "

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