Next Up Daniel Beckstrand.

Do Black Lives Matter? *Left blank

If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *Left blank

First and Last name *

Daniel Beckstrand

What City/State are you running in? *

Utah

Which office are you running for? *

U.S. House of Representatives

Which district?

UT-04

Who is/are your opponent(s)? *

Ben McAdams.

What is your political party? *

Democratic

Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *

I do support the creation of such a review board. The police have to be accountable to their communities, and I believe that a review board would be a check on police forces which have not held themselves accountable in any way.

Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *

I would oppose a stronger use of force policy. Use of force is absolutely the last resort in any situation, and our police forces need training in de-escalation and non-forceful resolutions.

Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *

Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *

The prison system in our country is broken and run by for-profit private companies. We have got to abolish the for-profit system in prisons and detention centers. I will work closely with activists to implement alternatives to incarceration. One of the best ways we can reduce incarceration rates is to federally legalize marijuana, expunge all related records, and release anyone who is in prison on nonviolent drug charges. The war on drugs has destroyed individuals and families and needs to end.

Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.

I appreciate the opportunity to take the questionnaire and discuss solutions to our current broken system. I am always learning and listening to what communities effected by this system are saying.@#$%@#@#$

Candidates who have completed the form.



Richard Whitney
Sam Winkler
Ashlee Matthews
Russ Fugal
Amber Allred
Carol Spackman Moss
Joél-Léhi Organista
Darren Parry
Nils Bergeson
Terri Tapp Hrechkosy
David Ibarra
Tony Zani
Daniel Beckstrand
John Molnar
Brian King
Jonathan Peterson
Karina Brown
Erika Larsen
Luz Escamilla
Mohamed Baayd
Brett Garner
Cheryl Nunn
Jennifer Fresques
Stan Penfold
John Jackson
Lee Anne Walker
Moroni Benally
Joe McHugh
Robert Burch
Steve Olsen
Brian Fabbi
Clare Collard
Andrew Johnston
Rebecca Sullivan
Alex McDonald
Rosalba Dominguez
France Barral
Jerry Haslam
David Garbett
Anthony Loubet
Daniel Cottam
Raymond Ward
Jamie Cheek
Dan McClellan
Ana Valdemoros
Jim Dabakis
Lonnie Whit Jr.
Emily Bergeson
Greg Skordas
Ryan Boudwin
Bryce Dunford
Michael Cundick
Tanner Greenhalgh
Grant Protzman
Justin Heideman
Kenzie Carter
Aaron Starks
Katherine Nicholson
Mark Archuleta Wheatley
David Lundgren
Brian Zehnder
Jeff Bardin
Joseph Speciale
Greg Duerden
Angel Vice
Leo Rodgers
Michael Iverson
Mary DaSilva
Sylvia Andrew
Julie Jackson
Amiee Finster
Kera Birkeland


Next up Russ Fugal kind of filled out our form.
Do Black Lives Matter? *Left blank
If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *Left blank
First and Last name *
Russ Fugal
What City/State are you running in? *
Draper, UT
Which office are you running for? *
U.S. House.
Which district?
Utah Third
Who is/are your opponent(s)? *
John Curtis.
What is your political party? *
Independent (open to a Democratic nomination)
Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *
Yes
Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *
Oppose
Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *
De-escalation is the most important role of law officers. Training and accountability are vital.
Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *
I am excited to learn more on this matter from community organizers.
Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *
I think it is shameful that the U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. I am extremely progressive when it comes to prison reform, and I would err on the side of not incarcerating anyone. We should be innovative about how to ensure public safety without simply relying on incarceration of violent convicts, including restorative justice. I am excited to learn more about these issues from social sciences and community organizers.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.
Thank you for your activism

We sent out a questionnaire to every candidate running for office in Utah. If you do not see a candidate's name on the list, then please know that; that candidate willfully ignored Black Lives Matter and clearly does not care about Black Lives Matter or our platform.  The following people completed our form and here are their answers.

Next Up Brian Fabbi-

Do Black Lives Matter? *

yes

If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *

Comprehensive audits of all police agencies in the state, all government departments, and agencies to look for racial bias, discrimination, and policies. I will implement anti-racist policies in my department.

First and Last name *

Brian Fabbi

What City/State are you running in? *

Utah

Which office are you running for? *

State Auditor

Which district?

Statewide

Who is/are your opponent(s)? *

John Dougall

What is your political party? *

Democratic

Republican

Green

Other:

United Utah.

Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *

Yes

Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *

advocate, if it restricts police use of force.

Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.

Civilian oversight and information are vital to ensure policing by consent.

Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *

The police need better training and incentives for de-escalation. We also need to have more resources available for help with non legal issues. The police should not be the first responder for many situations, but social workers should. Instances of homelessness, drug abuse, most non violent issues.

Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *

We need to emulate Robert Peel's community policing and policing by consent models that influenced the formation of the Metropolitan Police in London. We need police to be involved in the community, and feel a connection to the community they serve.

Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *

Prison reform is vital. Too many people end up in prison when they really need help and treatment. Most non violent offenses should not lead to prison time. As State Auditor I can't really implement alternatives, but what I can do is audit the policies and procedures of the system to find evidence of racial bias/discrimination/abuse. I will then work with the Legislature and State Executives to change those policies and procedures. Incarceration rates must go down, as well as recidivism rates. We need better rehabilitation programs for former inmates.

Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.

Thank you for reaching out to me. I'm happy to add my voice on these issues. I am trying to learn more about these issues, and be an ally of BIPOC, and champion for change and progress. I want to be an anti-racist, not just someone who is not racist.


Next up Aaron Starks
First and Last name *
Aaron Starks
What City/State are you running in? *
South Jordan
Which office are you running for? *
State House of Representatives
Which district?
42
Who is/are your opponent(s)? *
Jordan Teuscher
What is your political party? *
Republican.
Do Black Lives Matter? *
Yes, all lives matter - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are given to all.
If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *
I firmly believe that the Legislature's role is to help broker partnerships within the community to help solve problems. For change to take root, the community must be comfortable discussing the differences within it. The more people can communicate, in safe, constructive, environments, the more they will come together. Black history is American history - we must all see that this wonderful country is has been on the idea "free, but equal". I would encourage the implementation of the following: 1. Provide greater funding to school districts who actively recruit and hire black teachers - it is critical that our children grow up seeing those of color in leadership roles. Our children need to learn how to see the world from different perspectives - that is how growth happens. 2. Remove prison sentences for drug use as a means of punishment. That is only taking away the addiction temporarily and causes a person to sink lower. Instead, we need to rehabilitate and support those overcoming addiction through job training, meaningful service, and education. There are roughly 7,000 people incarcerated in the state of Utah, almost 40% are black.
Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *
In theory, I like the idea of community governance. I support the idea, but would like more information on the scope and implementation.
Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *
Oppose - force often leads to accidents and incidents.
Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.
Regarding the question above, "Release unedited body cam footage of officer-involved shootings" - I hesitate with this response because I believe the families should have a say in this answer. We want to protect the privacy of those potentially killed in shootings.
Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *
Violence should always be the last resort an officer takes to neutralize a situation. Officers should be trained on how to assess an individual's behavior and speech, communicate with them diplomatically and collaboratively, and then act in the best way for everyone involved. This is not easy. Our officers are asked to do a lot - every situation is unique and different.
Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *
The police are there to serve and protect the community - officers should be accountable to the community for their actions and citizens should be given a platform to voice their concerns, and more effectively collaborate with the police. Community involvement, if done properly, can benefit everyone involved.
Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *
1. We need greater reform in our prison system - we are quick to incarcerate and slow to rehabilitate. 2. I will actively seek alternatives to incarceration - workforce development, service, education, etc. are all viable options. 3. Incarceration is expensive and doesn't change the hearts/character of those locked-up. We need to reduce rates and explore new alternatives.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.
My Father is former LAPD - I believe this response and efforts to proactively improve our justice system is a worthy endeavor.


Next candidate to fill out our questionnaire is Mary DaSilva for Utah House District 4
First and Last name *
Mary DaSilva
What City/State are you running in? *
Logan, Utah
Which office are you running for? *
Legislative House
Which district?
House District 4
Who is/are your opponent(s)? *
Dan Johnson
What is your political party? *
Democratic
Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *
I believe civilian oversight of Police is important. I would be open to learn more about this. I would welcome constituent input.
Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *
The Police are created to serve and protect the community. The Police should be trained in techniques to de-escalate tensions and partner with the community to find solutions for crime. Police must have protocols that call for safe interactions with civilians, and I would support vigorous oversight of any use of force. Police brutality has no place in our society
Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.
I very much support citizen involvement in oversight of police actions. I hesitate to allow public viewing of body cam footage as it may be very graphic. I would like to see this footage reviewed by the Citizen Oversight Board.
Please use this area to add your comments about your views on policies for bodycam usage.
Body cams are essential to protect all involved in incidents. I would have the Citizen Oversight committee see them first.
Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *
Police must restrict the use of deadly force unless there is an imminent threat to the life of another person, and all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted. De-escalation techniques must be used whenever possible. Police must have intermittent and ongoing training in national standards of policing, and combating discriminatory policing.
Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *
Police should look like the community that they serve. Police departments should have residency requirements that they live among the people and be recruited from the community that they represent. Police personnel should be given time and encouraged to volunteer as mentors in the schools and NGO's to better relate to the community, and foster positive relations. DeMilitarize the Police: the transfer of military hardware and wheeled armored vehicles should not be allowed. There should be no funds made available for the purchase of grenade launchers or tanks, weapons that have no place on American Streets. The Police must return to be community partners, to live among us.
Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *
1. The Prison System has become a private, for-profit industry. There are financial incentives to lock people up for non-violent crimes and immigration violations. There is an urgent need to reform the whole system that has a profit motive for locking people up. I will do everything I can to stop the practice of locking children in cages and separating families for asking for asylum. 2. We could save tax dollars by avoiding incarcerating non-violent offenders. Drug courts should be utilized first, and decriminalization of small amounts of drugs, with Rehab available for those who need it. Agreements with ICE to transfer non-violent, low level infractions to Immigration Detention should be ended. 3. We should end the School-to-Prison pipeline and reform student discipline practices. Schools should examine unequal, harsh and unfair discipline of minority students and eliminate the use of police as disciplinary agents. Schools should have expanded support of counselors and training of teachers and staff. So many children will be left behind with the disruption of school from the pandemic. It will require all of us to step up to help the students who are struggling academically. I will encourage mentors from every walk of life to help youth at this very vulnerable time. As our teens are at great risk now, we must invest our time and resources in them to help prevent future incarceration rates and a lost generation. For those who have already dropped out, I will push for greater funding of GED programs, and help for adults who want to complete high school.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer your questions. I am a Public Health Nurse, running for the Utah Legislature. I think that I am as qualified as the real estate developers and car dealers that are running for office. I want to serve the community during this time of pandemic and the aftermath of the economic turmoil. I will prioritize working families. I welcome the input of constituents from Black Lives Matter. Please visit my website at dasilvaforutah.org for more information. Please let me know if you need any more information.

Cheii Moroni

This is from last year. We love Moroni

First and Last name *

Moroni Benally

What City/State are you running in? *

Salt Lake City

Which office are you running for? *

SLC Council

Which district?

2

Who is/are your opponent(s)? *

Andrew Johnston

What is your political party? *

Democratic

Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *

Absolutely!

Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *

oppose stronger use of force

Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *

I will always advocate against any prison for profit system. This is a system that profits off the incarceration of black and brown bodies. It is immoral to induce law enforcement and legal systems to "supply" prisoners for profit. I will work with community groups to find solutions to reduce unnecessary incarceration, additionally, I will work to to ensure city policy does not invest in prisons for profit.



Next Up to fill out our candidate questionnaire
Do Black Lives Matter? *
Yes
If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *
Police reform, increased consequences for housing discrimination
First and Last name *
David Lundgren
What City/State are you running in? *
Utah
Which office are you running for? *
Legislative House
Which district?
41
Who is/are your opponent(s)? *
Mark Strong, Wendy Garvin
What is your political party? *
United Utah.
Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *
Yes
Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *
Oppose, favoring training for deescalation
Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.
Utah has fewer opportunities to monitor than most other states. I've not heard of it being much of a problem here, but as we are learning that lack of reporting is part of the problem.
Please use this area to add your comments about your views on policies for bodycam usage.
Bodycams should be set to alert central dispatch in the event they are ever turned off while on duty, where dispatch follows up immediately with that officer. Officers who turn off bodycams beyond a set limit per week/month should be suspended pending investigation of their job performance during those periods.
Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *
Officers on traffic duty should not have lethal arms on them for routine traffic stops. People trained in mental health issues should be in the lead on issues where they are needed with police serving as backup only in case the person becomes violent.
Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *
Many departments in our state work in conjunction with hospitals and mental health centers where they can take citizens there and are not required to fill out paperwork for such interactions to "suspects" cannot be traced. I feel this works to improve community trust with police and helps in giving options besides taking them into custody, widening the options for providing help.
Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *
1) For-profit prisons are run with the bottom line in mind rather than reforming people. They also have incentive to stay full, meaning more arrests. 2) Mental health issues seem to be a large part of the swollen incarceration rates. I am not too familiar with alternatives to incarceration in these cases, but I would seek out those in the legislature who are for reducing prison populations and work to learn more about what these alternatives might be and what laws could be brought to affect change. 3) Our current legal system currently favors wealth over poverty. I feel public defenders need to be more adequately staffed and funded, making sure financial access to adequate representation is not the determining factor as it so often seems to be. Between this, more relaxed laws regarding illicit drugs, and alternatives for those suffering mental health issues, I feel prison populations could be sufficiently reduced.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.
I'm ashamed to say that until the past month, I was one of the many who felt racism exists but isn't nearly as bad as what is often portrayed. This past month has brought me to realize exactly what is meant by "systemic racism." If the officer had been kneeling on the neck of a white person, one or more of the nearby officers would surely have intervened. Neither I nor any of my family watched that and worried if we would be next. This video is precisely why I would advocate for any law which increases use of body cameras with police officers and holds them to higher accountability for any effort to evade using them in public interactions. We are often told that if we obey the law, we have no need to fear the police. It is time the police realize that if they obey the law, they have no need to fear the public.

Next Candidate to fill out our form-Joél-Léhi Organista-

Do Black Lives Matter? *

Yes! Si! Black Lives Matter! Las Vidas Negras Importan!

If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *

YES! I am an ethnic studies instructor at the University of Utah. I want to make sure we have at the Salt Lake School District Ethnic Studies taught in the high schools!

First and Last name *

Joél-Léhi Organista

What City/State are you running in? *

Salt Lake City, Utah

Which office are you running for? *

Salt Lake City School Board

Which district?

Precinct 1

Who is/are your opponent(s)? *

There are 5 people here is the list https://slco.org/clerk/elections/2020-candidates/

What is your political party? *

I'm an independent. This race is nonpartisan

Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *

We need these! We also need youth involved in a school district wide student council where they advise and have power to address any harm Resource Officers in schools cause.

Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *

There is a lot of reform needed in the schools in terms of police in schools, the way they engage and the way they are used by adults in the district with students of color. I want to continue working with existing organizations and leaders in the community to come to a plan of what we need and want.

Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.

I think this information needs to be public including if they are domestic violence perpetrators. The spouses of police are among the highest to be in a domestic violence relationship.

Please use this area to add your comments about your views on policies for bodycam usage.

Make sure the video is not sold to companies, especially those that use facial recognition. Privacy of civilians should not be profited off too.

Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *

I put strong agree and not very strongly on the first one because I think if a white supremacist is talking back and/or running away, especially with a weapon, they needs to be use of force. There should be "error" insurance that is paid out of the pension of the police officer and union for harm they cause, just like small business need to have "error" insurance. Hit their pockets, and you'll see a swift transformation of behavior. The "good" cops will make sure they keep the "bad" cops accountable bc they don't want their money messed with.

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Police Transparency & Accountability Candidate Survey

Your help as a candidate by completing this survey is greatly appreciated. As a community, we give law enforcement personnel significant power and authority. We need to ensure that that power is being wielded in a just and humane way, and that law enforcement personnel are held accountable to the communities they serve.
Greater transparency and accountability will also help to build greater trust and respect in the community for law enforcement personnel. Publicly available data about law enforcement activities will help us understand where systemic problems exist. Yes this is from Black Lives Matter Utah - please call 385-743-0298 - Lex Scott with questions.

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Email address *

jlorganista.slc.schoolboard@gmail.com

Do Black Lives Matter? *

Yes! Si! Black Lives Matter! Las Vidas Negras Importan!

If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *

YES! I am an ethnic studies instructor at the University of Utah. I want to make sure we have at the Salt Lake School District Ethnic Studies taught in the high schools!

First and Last name *

Joél-Léhi Organista

What City/State are you running in? *

Salt Lake City, Utah

Which office are you running for? *

Salt Lake City School Board

Which district?

Precinct 1

Who is/are your opponent(s)? *

There are 5 people here is the list https://slco.org/clerk/elections/2020-candidates/

What is your political party? *

Democratic

Republican

Green

Other:

I'm an independent. This race is nonpartisan

Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *

We need these! We also need youth involved in a school district wide student council where they advise and have power to address any harm Resource Officers in schools cause.

Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *

There is a lot of reform needed in the schools in terms of police in schools, the way they engage and the way they are used by adults in the district with students of color. I want to continue working with existing organizations and leaders in the community to come to a plan of what we need and want.

How strongly will you advocate for the following policies regarding public information about actions taken by police officers in your district? *

Very Strongly. I will work proactively to make this happen.

Strongly. I will advocate when it comes up.

Somewhat strongly. I will be mildly positive about it.

Not strongly. I do not really agree with this policy.

Not at all. I do not agree with this policy.

Require officers to report all uses of force to a public database

Use a a database to inform an early intervention system that retrains and disciplines officers with repeated uses of force or civilian complaints

Make a Use-of-Force database available to the public.

Make footage from body cams in situations involving use of force available to the public

Release unedited body cam footage of officer-involved shootings

Require release of unedited body cam footage of uses of force and officer-involved footage within 10 days of the incident.

Require release of demographic information on people stopped by police in your district

Require release of demographic information on people arrested by police officers in your district

Require officers to report all uses of force to a public database

Use a a database to inform an early intervention system that retrains and disciplines officers with repeated uses of force or civilian complaints

Make a Use-of-Force database available to the public.

Make footage from body cams in situations involving use of force available to the public

Release unedited body cam footage of officer-involved shootings

Require release of unedited body cam footage of uses of force and officer-involved footage within 10 days of the incident.

Require release of demographic information on people stopped by police in your district

Require release of demographic information on people arrested by police officers in your district

Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.

I think this information needs to be public including if they are domestic violence perpetrators. The spouses of police are among the highest to be in a domestic violence relationship.

How strongly will you advocate for the following policies regarding video recording devices/ bodycams? *

Very Strongly. I will work proactively to make this happen.

Strongly. I will advocate when it comes up.

Somewhat strongly. I will be mildly positive about it.

Not strongly. I do not really agree with this policy.

Not at all. I do not agree with this policy.

Require police officers use technology that collects audio and visual data of police interactions (including body cameras)

Develop clear policies governing bodycam use, storage and accessibility of footage in consultation with activists and community organizations

Record all police interactions with civilians (except where a civilian opts not to be recorded, notification of the option not to be recorded should be required upon first contact)

Make footage from body cams in situations involving use of force available to the public

Allow civilians to review footage involving them or a relative and require this information be released to the public

Prevent officers from reviewing footage of an incident before completing initial reports or statements

Secure the privacy of citizens during all processes

Assure the right of the public to record the police by video and audio, without fear of having their devices confiscated or damaged

Require police officers use technology that collects audio and visual data of police interactions (including body cameras)

Develop clear policies governing bodycam use, storage and accessibility of footage in consultation with activists and community organizations

Record all police interactions with civilians (except where a civilian opts not to be recorded, notification of the option not to be recorded should be required upon first contact)

Make footage from body cams in situations involving use of force available to the public

Allow civilians to review footage involving them or a relative and require this information be released to the public

Prevent officers from reviewing footage of an incident before completing initial reports or statements

Secure the privacy of citizens during all processes

Assure the right of the public to record the police by video and audio, without fear of having their devices confiscated or damaged

Please use this area to add your comments about your views on policies for bodycam usage.

Make sure the video is not sold to companies, especially those that use facial recognition. Privacy of civilians should not be profited off too.

How strongly will you advocate for the following policies regarding de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district? *

Very Strongly. I will work proactively to make this happen.

Strongly. I will advocate when it comes up.

Somewhat strongly. I will be mildly positive about it.

Not strongly. I do not really agree with this policy.

Not at all. I do not agree with this policy.

Prohibits officers from using force on a person for talking back or as a punishment for running away

Implement a performance evaluation system that rewards, and values effective interpersonal skills (de-escalation, effective work with people who have mental health and substance abuse challenges, and countering bias, etc.)

Modify police department use of force policies to require officers use minimal force and de-escalation tactics, carry a less-lethal weapon, and intervene when another officer uses excessive force

Require training for and use of non-force techniques for people with mental health and/or substance abuse issues

Require training for and use of non-force techniques for people who are homeless and/or are victims of domestic violence

Re-allocate funding for non-sworn personnel who can assist in cases of mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and domestic violence

Require training that uses the latest science on implicit bias based on social identities, including people of color, LGTBTQ individuals, and non-English speakers

Require evaluation of police officers' ability to recognize bias and knowledge of techniques to counter it

Reward police officers who successfully use anti-bias techniques

Conduct an assessment of what kind of training is most effective in terms of helping law enforcement personnel to achieve goals of effective, non-violent policing,

Implement training identified as the most successful toward achieving effective, non-violent policing

Prohibits officers from using force on a person for talking back or as a punishment for running away

Implement a performance evaluation system that rewards, and values effective interpersonal skills (de-escalation, effective work with people who have mental health and substance abuse challenges, and countering bias, etc.)

Modify police department use of force policies to require officers use minimal force and de-escalation tactics, carry a less-lethal weapon, and intervene when another officer uses excessive force

Require training for and use of non-force techniques for people with mental health and/or substance abuse issues

Require training for and use of non-force techniques for people who are homeless and/or are victims of domestic violence

Re-allocate funding for non-sworn personnel who can assist in cases of mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and domestic violence

Require training that uses the latest science on implicit bias based on social identities, including people of color, LGTBTQ individuals, and non-English speakers

Require evaluation of police officers' ability to recognize bias and knowledge of techniques to counter it

Reward police officers who successfully use anti-bias techniques

Conduct an assessment of what kind of training is most effective in terms of helping law enforcement personnel to achieve goals of effective, non-violent policing,

Implement training identified as the most successful toward achieving effective, non-violent policing

Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *

I put strong agree and not very strongly on the first one because I think if a white supremacist is talking back and/or running away, especially with a weapon, they needs to be use of force. There should be "error" insurance that is paid out of the pension of the police officer and union for harm they cause, just like small business need to have "error" insurance. Hit their pockets, and you'll see a swift transformation of behavior. The "good" cops will make sure they keep the "bad" cops accountable bc they don't want their money messed with.

How strongly will you advocate for the following policies regarding community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district? *

Very Strongly. I will work proactively to make this happen.

Strongly. I will advocate when it comes up.

Somewhat strongly. I will be mildly positive about it.

Not strongly. I do not really agree with this policy.

Not at all. I do not agree with this policy.

Hire a local research institution to field a regular survey of community perceptions of the police

Use results of a community survey to guide officer evaluations as well as department policies and practices

Institute a model system where people stopped by the police are immediately given a card by the officer, with their name and badge number, what the stop was for, and how to file a complaint, should they chose to

Increase representation from the community by hiring more women and people of color as police officers

Hold regularly-scheduled community forums about police activities

Implement special outreach to minority communities to participate in community meetings

Support Civilian Review Boards (CRBs) in your district to hold police accountable for misconduct

Give CRBs the power to investigate police misconduct independently

Give CRBs the power to subpoena individuals and collect documentation on police misconduct

Give CRBs the power to discipline police officers found guilty of misconduct

Give CRBs the power to investigate and discipline police misconduct, specifically in the case of a police shooting

Promote, expand, improve, innovate the membership of CRBs

Disallow current or former law enforcement personnel to serve on CRBs

Disallow family members of law enforcement personnel on CRBs

Make serving on a CRB a paid position

Require an independent and external prosecutor, separate from the City or County prosecutor’s office, or any other government agency, to manage the proceedings following independent investigation

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Hire a local research institution to field a regular survey of community perceptions of the police

Use results of a community survey to guide officer evaluations as well as department policies and practices

Institute a model system where people stopped by the police are immediately given a card by the officer, with their name and badge number, what the stop was for, and how to file a complaint, should they chose to

Increase representation from the community by hiring more women and people of color as police officers

Hold regularly-scheduled community forums about police activities

Implement special outreach to minority communities to participate in community meetings

Support Civilian Review Boards (CRBs) in your district to hold police accountable for misconduct

Give CRBs the power to investigate police misconduct independently

Give CRBs the power to subpoena individuals and collect documentation on police misconduct

Give CRBs the power to discipline police officers found guilty of misconduct

Give CRBs the power to investigate and discipline police misconduct, specifically in the case of a police shooting

Promote, expand, improve, innovate the membership of CRBs

Disallow current or former law enforcement personnel to serve on CRBs

Disallow family members of law enforcement personnel on CRBs

Make serving on a CRB a paid position

Require an independent and external prosecutor, separate from the City or County prosecutor’s office, or any other government agency, to manage the proceedings following independent investigation

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Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *

Police need to be defunded and the funds need to be reallocated to schools and other services that police are sometimes made to replace but aren't really supposed to do.

Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *

I am all about reform and that bill BLM Utah has created. I am trained in restorative/Transformative practices and want that to be the best practices in all systems, not just education and policing.

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Next up to fill out our candidate Questionairre- Ray Ward

First and Last name *

Raymond Ward

What City/State are you running in? *

Bountiful

Which office are you running for? *

Utah House District 19

Which district?

Who is/are your opponent(s)? *

I do not have a Republican or Democratic opponent this year. I have a gentleman from the constitution party who will be on the ballot this November.

What is your political party? *

Republican

Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *

I would be open to the conversation.

Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *

I think we need a police force that in addition to being able to use force when needed, is much better at interacting with those who have substance abuse problems and mental health problems in a way that doesn't hurt them

Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.

My answers to the questions above are not at all set. I am willing to discuss all of these possibilities -but I haven't had the necessary conversations with you and other groups to arrive at firm opinions.

Please use this area to add your comments about your views on policies for bodycam usage.

Same as above - I need to visit with you and with other parties before really coming to firmly held beliefs on these issues.

Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *

My interaction with police officers in my district has been very positive. I feel like they are my friends and I trust them and our police chief Tom Ross. I am not saying that there aren't problems - I'm just saying that I haven't had constituents bring them to my attention. Bountiful Police is participating in the receiving center for folks with substance abuse and mental health issues, and my perception is that this has gone very well so far. We had the assistant chief of police speak at the social justice/black lives matter rally that was set up in our city park two weeks ago.

Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *

I am not against any of these. But another thing that I feel needs to happen is to agree on metrics to determine how well we are doing. What happened with George Floyd showed clearly how horrible things can be - but I don't think it gives us an idea of where things are going better and where they are going worse, which we need if we are going to honestly get to a place where we can all agree that things are better. (or maybe all see that they got worse.) If there are agreed on metrics - then I would next be interested in what research shows which policies move us in that direction. I have read some studies - but not a lot - and it seems to me that there is still a fair amount of uncertainty regarding what will for sure help.

Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *

Having better substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment will be a big help, but I do not believe that it will solve all of the problem. (and I do think that we are doing somewhat better in this respect than we were 5 years ago) -My experience in my clinic is that more people are now able to get help than before. If I was picking one thing that I wish would change, it would be a much easier system for expunging old criminal charges, so convictions don't continue to stop the person from getting good employment many years later.

Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.

I would be happy to visit with you. If you have a smaller group with specific policies that you are hoping to achieve, I hope that you will contact me and that we can visit. Thanks for all of your good work!

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This is Sam Winkler. Here are his answers to our Police Accountability and Transparency form.


Do Black Lives Matter? "yes"
If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community?
"I believe we need to invest more money and resources in several areas to not only help the black and brown members of our community, but all underrepresented and disadvantaged populations who need these resources. First, we need to remember that access to quality education within our communities is essential in not only helping our youth growth personally, but gives the community access to a meeting place and be a central part of our community. Not only do we need access to education, but the resources need to be available like social workers, etc. Having quality education will help with the second part which is having equal access for jobs and getting paid an equal rate for the job. We all want to have that "American Dream" of having a good job and living in the house we want (housing, #3), and we need to ensure that we start with good education, close to home, with good paying jobs which allow us to have the live we want. Following that is ensuring everyone has access to quality healthcare within our communities so we don't have to worry about if we can go to work or not because we are sick."
What are you running for? "State House of Rep."
What District? "42"
Who are you running against? Jordan Teuscher/Aaron Starks/Ryan Boudwin
Party? Democrat
Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *
"would support the public's involvement in their police department and working with their local police department to see if a civilian review board is the best fit for their community and implement it if that is the decision of all stakeholders. However, the review board has to be independent, truly be able to provide impartial oversight, and there must be a process for dispute resolution. The board should not be 100% controlled by the community that the Chief of Police is a leader within, nor should the board report into the Chief of Police. That said, no single party - civilian review board or otherwise - should have absolute power and checks and balances need to be in place. If the Chief of Police wishes to override the desire/findings of the board, there should be a process in place, perhaps including bringing it to the City Manager/Mayor for override approval. There is a need that processes are in place to ensure that everyone's rights are protected."
Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *
Working in law enforcement, the use of force policies are very clear of what they can and cannot do. The police department I work for puts strong language in our policy on how use of force is of great concern to both the public and the law enforcement community and when it can be used, how it is to be used, etc. There are a lot of restrictions already in place on when use of force can and cannot be used. In fact, our department policy is far more restrictive than what state law allows. We should allow the public to review and comment on our use of force policies as I believe they would be surprised how restrictive they are. Being more transparent with our community with regards to our policies is the first part of building bridges within our community. There are certain types of force that our department does not use, but have been seen on the news recently across the US. Transparency must be increased and it must be made clear that to all what types of action are allowed and in what situations they are allowed. For example, kneeling on a neck or shooting a gun when a person poses no immediate threat to themselves or others are not acceptable by any police force.
Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.
With regards to the question about releasing body camera footage within 10 days. We currently do not release the identity of anyone unless they have been formally arrested or charged with a crime. If this is an active investigation against an officer, releasing that information could impact the case by turning it political. We need to treat officers just as we do civilians and ensure everyone's rights are protected to ensure the investigation takes place professionally and with integrity and not be concerned about political ramifications. The police officers in our area hold themselves with the highest regard, act professionally, and do their job with great honor and provide a great service to our community. As a supervisor, I do not want bad officers working for me. My fellow officers don't want bad officers working for us. It makes us all look bad and I became a police officer to help my community. One bad officer makes us all look bad and I don't want that - none of the officers that I work with want that.
Please use this area to add your comments about your views on policies for bodycam usage.
As a police officer, I love my body camera. If the State were to mandate it, all the police departments would look to the state to fund it. This is a local issue and concerned citizens need to contact their city leadership and express the desire to fund this as it is very expensive. With regards to mandating all interactions be record unless the citizen wants. A citizen should not be able to opt-out of being recorded. This is when claims will come against the officer and the officer will have to face questions of why it is off. If a police officer has a body camera, then all interactions should be recorded. On the question of releasing body camera footage of all use of force, there seems to be privacy issues here. If the person whom force used against doesn't want that released, that needs to be considered. There are many other issues of just releasing video to the general public. Finally, preventing officers from reviewing video footage before writing a report is counterproductive for the police officer. Officers many not have heard a statement correctly from a reporting person and without reviewing the video, the officer will list incorrect information in the case. The video is evidence and cannot change. There is no benefit of not allowing the officer to review a recorded statement before completing a report.
Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *
The first question has two parts. I agree force should not be used when someone is just verbally talking back to an officer. However, if a suspect is running from police, behind tackled from behind is a use of force. Or if a suspect has a gun and is running toward a school of children, there will be times when the use of force on a person running away will be necessary. You cannot have a black and white use of force policy because you cannot predict every situation that may happen. This is where being transparent with the use of force policy and having community buy-in on the adoption of the policy is an important step. We currently have an internal review board that addresses accountability, however, if the community wishes to have a civilian review board, that would also address accountability. On the use of force question regarding persons with mental health issues, homeless, etc., you cannot have a black and white policy on force as each situation is different. I support the additional training. With regards to funding, those are local issues that need to be addressed with local government leaders. The questions on the science of implicit bias training is tough. Research is all over the place with this topic. We need to ensure officers understand implicit bias, but the training's to date have had mixed results and research continues to evolve. However, we need to ensure officers are focusing outwardly and we create a culture that intentionally creates an outward mindset However, Utah requires 40-hours of continuing training each year to maintain police certification. This requirement does not address where those hours should come from. We should make 10-hours of that training to include de-escalation training, cultural sensitivity training, etc. Many of our police leaders are taking lead on these issues - such as Chief Ken Wallentine with West Jordan PD. They are focusing on, "promoting a deliberate and intentional strategy of teaching and persuading our members to think outwardly. While we teach behaviors, we’re focused—intently focused—on a culture of developing and implementing an outward mindset." This is part of an outstanding quote of his and what our current leaders are doing.
Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *
Community Review Boards only determine if policy violations were made, they do not recommend criminal charges be filed. That is the job of the District Attorney. The Community Review Board also cannot act without oversight and must work with the Chief of Police on policy violations. As mentioned above, the Chief of Police has veto power on the boards decision. Any decision on paying the position should be made at the local level. Additionally we need (especially in larger cities) a homeless outreach team and mental health outreach team. These specially trained officers work with mental health and social workers (who are employed by the law enforcement agency) respond to mental health type calls or calls dealing with homeless issues. As these calls are usually people seeking help, the social workers and mental health workers can evaluate and provide immediate assistance to the subjects - whether finding a hospital bed, bed at a shelter, resources, jobs, etc. This would allow those specially trained to deal with these issues to handle the issues. The law enforcement partner they work with ensures they are safe and helps provide other resources. Many successful programs have been implemented around this country. Furthermore we need to find those resources in our local areas (religious, medical, etc.) who are willing to either respond to the scene or another location when someone just needs to talk. Many agencies have chaplains on the agency and they can be of comfort to those needing someone to listen - especially if this is not a mental health related issue. If someone is arguing with a spouse and it's not criminal violation to argue, having a counselor available to speak with the parties is far more effective than cops standing in your living room. Additionally, when I teach Neighborhood Watch, I am seeing it more often that neighbors are not getting to know each other. Police then get a call of a "suspicious person" and when we contact that person, it's a neighbor to the calling party. We need to encourage people to get to know their neighbors, be neighborly and think of neighbors when music is blaring late at night, when cars are parked all over, etc. People rely too much on police to handle neighbor disputes and we would like to see neighbors talk with neighbors again. Finally, we need to get all interested parties together and become involved in their police departments and suggest new ideas to policing. We need community members willing to help the police when issues that are not police matters arise. I believe as more and more demand change and we change, we will rely more and more on the community to work with us on developing these plans on how to address non-police related matters. Hopefully, this will bring in more buy-in from the community and they will be willing to help out more. It may come to moving funding from hiring new officers to hiring civilian social workers, etc. to work in police departments alongside police officers to get this done.
Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *
As values within our society change, so does the need for continuing reform. History is our greatest teacher. There are many new alternatives to incarceration that are available to us today that weren't there 20 years ago. We need to look at more social services, more drug and mental health courts. We need to invest more in diversion programs to keep our population out of jails and prison. This will also require us reviewing our current laws and sentencing guidelines to update this to today's values.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.
Our Police Academy does a great job at training officers and teaches many of these topics on this survey. 99.99% of our police officers do a great job serving the community with very little force ever used or a complaint raised against them. We must remember that in the words of Sir Robert Peel, "The Police are the Public, and the Public is the Police." We must all work together to solve the issues within our community. When we work together, we will accomplish great things. Get involved in your local government, ask how the police department operates, go on a ridealong with an officer and ask questions. The more we come together, the better our community will be.


Next Up to fill out our Police Accountability and Transparent questionnaire-
First and Last name *
Clare Collard
What City/State are you running in? *
Magna, Copperton, part of West Valley City and part of Kearns.
Which office are you running for? *
Utah House of Representatives
Which district?
HD 22
Who is/are your opponent(s)? *
Anthony Loubet
What is your political party? *
Democratic
Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *
Yes
Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *
I believe that de-escalation techniques should be used in every interaction, we should be using the least amount of force possible to resolve a situation.
Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *
It is my opinion that when there is a focus on community involvement/policing, there is less escalation of events, and that mutual trust is established with community members and law enforcement.
Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *
There is no question that prison reform is critically necessary. It is a travesty that we have the most incarcerated people in the world and that those prison populations are predominately black and brown. And that minorities are consistently given harsher sentences when convicted. We need more funding for public defenders and for counselors within the prison systems.We must look at restorative justice and at programs that keep brown and black youth from getting entangled in the judicial system at an early age. This means we need to fund programs to keep at risk kids in school, and have them be able to access training programs after high school. we also need to have crisis intervention that leads to better outcomes.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.
I am heartbroken with the recent events and know in my heart that we must find solutions to these incidents of systemic and institutional racism. I believe that the way to achieve this is by coming together and talking and finding common ground. As a white woman, I know that I cannot begin to understand the bias and racism that exists in our country and state today, but I can use my privilege to bring attention,equity and justice to the conversation.

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Next up to complete our questionairre. Carol Spackman Moss.
Do Black Lives Matter? *
Yes!
If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *
I will continue working on jail and prison reform. In the past two years I have passed bills that require reporting the cause of deaths in county jails, improving methods to to assess incarcerated persons, especially those with mental illness and substance use disorder. I have also passed legislation to help refugees use interpreters to renew their drivers licenses. I will continue to work on education equity with our black and brown communities, including refugees who come in their teens and cannot speak English well enough to get enough credits to graduate. The problem with any legislation for next session will be funding or the lack of it because of the economic crisis we are now facing, causing large budget shortfalls.
First and Last name *
Carol Spackman Moss
What City/State are you running in? *
Holladay and Murray
Which office are you running for? *
Utah State Representative
Which district?
HD 37
Who is/are your opponent(s)? *
Maryann Christensen
What is your political party? *
Democratic
Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *
Yes, if the two cities I represent do not have them.
Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *
I oppose stronger use of force by police officers. l believe police officers should be trained in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and de-escalation techniques.
Please use this area to add your comments about your views on policies for bodycam usage.
I support these policies knowing that considerable funding will be required to purchase equipment and implement the policies.
Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *
It is critical that police officers be trained and re-trained on de-escalation techniques and have regular Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). One of my former students was killed 11 years ago when he had a psychotic breakdown on a little used highway in Southern Utah. His wife called for help and officers from the nearby town of Hurricane came. Despite the fact he had taken off all his clothes, had no weapon, and his pregnant wife and toddler were in the car screaming for them to stop, he was repeatedly tased until he died of heart failure. The case was widely publicized and promises were made for officers all over the state to undergo CIT training. We need to find out if that is happening and if not, why not?
Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *
It is a very good idea. I will talk to the UPD Chief in Holladay and the Murray City Police Chief, the mayors and city council members about this.
Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *
We absolutely need prison reform. I have done extensive research on the issue of mental illness among the incarcerated population for my bill last session to reinstate the insanity defense, HB 167. I am also working with Sen. Weiler on a bill for next session to study the current jail standards.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.
Our Democratic Caucus have been requested to let the members of the QUAD Caucus, who are Black, Hispanic, and Asian American, to lead out on bills to change policies regarding policing practices, like Rep. Hollins HB 2005 that banned chokehold training and knees on neck. The rest of the caucus have pledged to be allies and advocates on these crucial policies.