How to Keep Fighting Against Police Brutality
The fight is not over. Activists across the country are still hitting the streets demanding police reform and justice for Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, and countless other victims of police brutality.
In the video above, we spoke with Ianne Fields Stewart, activist and founder of The Okra Project, and Jennvine Wong, attorney at The Legal Aid Society, about how we can all keep up the fight against police brutality.
Call your representatives
The easiest thing to do is call your local and state representatives. This is the best way for elected officials to learn about the issues that matter to their constituents.
Wong also encourages activists to vet their district attorney’s office, city council, state assembly, and mayor’s office. How have they treated police brutality cases in the past? Are they open to reform? These are the people that can most directly impact local communities.
Learn about Defund the Police initiatives
Activists around the country are demanding radical police reform, so find out how you can best support your local initiatives to defund the police and enact long-term policy changes.
Report cases of police misconduct to a civilian review board
Many communities have civilian complaint review boards that can hold their police departments accountable. While the efficacy of these review boards has been questioned, Wong strongly recommends that everyone who’s witnessed police misconduct file a complaint. At the very least, this builds a record of misconduct that activists and policymakers can use.
Have the hard conversations
On a more personal level, Stewart encourages everyone to have difficult conversations about race and privilege with family and friends. There are plenty of tools and resources to help you talk about these complex and important topics.
Prepare for a long fight
Both Wong and Stewart emphasized that meaningful reforms won’t be achieved overnight. Activists have been demanding equality and change for years, and the fight is far from over.
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