What is Black Lives Matter Utah Doing To Affect Police Reform?
We have been meeting with police for three years along with the CAG (Community Activist Group) due to these meetings we have implemented stronger data collection, de-escalation trainings, diversity trainings, implementation of less than lethal weapons and more. We have a long way to go but we have been working
We are attending meetings with legislators and the Department of Public Safety
We are protesting unjust practices in policing and in prosecution
We are holding educational panels with businesses, non-profits, and community members to educate them on police reform.
We are also meeting with a new business which we believe will save thousands of lives by eliminating the need to call the police. We have been updating members in our daily newsletter.
What does Black Lives Matter Utah Want?
Qualified Immunity Reform
Data Collection - We want to know the race/ethnicity of every person who is pulled over/stopped by Utah police, we want to know the race/ethnicity of in-custody deaths in jails and prisons, we want data collection on use of force and excessive force
We want Independent Civilian Review Boards that have the power to subpoena police, investigate, police, fire police, and bring charges against police. Police should not be allowed to investigate their own crimes and find themselves innocent
We want de-escalation training for every police officer
We want implicit bias, and diversity training for every police officer
We want a database of police misconduct that is accessible to the public
We want all body cam footage released within 10 days of every officer-involved shooting, or excessive force incident.
We want officers fired who turn off their body cams before or during excessive force incidents
We want police officers tested for implicit biases before they are hired
We want all funding for militarized police gear re-allocated to social programs
We want the media to stop dehumanizing police brutality victims after they are dead
We want the names of officers released immediately after all officer-involved shooting incidents
We want mental health counselors sent to mental health calls.
We want 911 Dispatch reform that makes it harder for racists to call 911 on black and brown people just for existing in black skin.
We want every single patrol car to have less than lethal rubber bullet guns.
We want the education requirement heightened for police officers
We want grand juries to indict officers, and want all power to do this taken out of the hands of the District Attorney
We want a ban on choke holds and carotid holds.
We want a ban on no knock warrants
We want DHS dismantled and disbanded
We want laws in place that prevent police officers from being re-hired after being fired from another police agency.