Tell Mayor Henry: It’s Time to Divest from Police and Invest in Black Lives

TAKE ACTION NOW

The recent protests in response to the killings of Dreasjon Reed, McHale Rose, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others by law enforcement have made one thing clear: we must take real steps to dismantle racist systems and do the hard work of overhauling our approach to public safety.

This means ending our over-reliance on police and demonstrating that Black Lives Matter through real actions. Our commitment to addressing racist and violent policing has been consistent yet it has not been enough and we must do more. We need broad changes to law enforcement policies, practices, and cultures. We need a bold reimagining of the role police play in our society.

Yet in too many cities, the police response to protests demanding justice and change has been only more brutality. Email Mayor Henry to demand he take immediate action to do the following:

  • Limit police presence at protests to as few officers as are required to respond to an emergency, and direct police to immediately stop militarized tactics such as tear gas and to allow civil demonstrations to continue. Only violence or clear evidence of imminent danger enables officials to declare a protest unlawful and shut it down.
  • Limit or eliminate the role of police in situations where alternative interventions or responses would be safer and more effective.
  • Stop allocating funds for more officers and more militarized equipment, and guided by community input, instead invest in health care, education, and community-run violence-prevention programs.

There is no time to wait – it is time to divest from the police and reinvest in the Black and Brown communities they unjustly target.

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Your Message

In the wake of the killings of Dreasjon Reed, McHale Rose, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others by law enforcement, we are seeing a massive uprising against the role and scope of policing in the United States. More than ever before, this movement is calling for divestment from police departments, and reinvestment into the life-affirming services that help communities thrive.

It is not enough for local governments to make small reforms or to invest in yet another set of flawed training programs.

As Hoosiers, we rely on our elected officials to step up to the plate when the people call for action. We look to you to show courage and leadership through difficult times. We are looking to you now.

Please commit that you will:
1. Limit or eliminate the role of police in situations where alternative interventions or responses would be safer and more effective;
2. Decrease current policing budgets and, guided by community input, reinvest funds from policing into community services and programs;
3. Stop allocating funds for more officers and more militarized equipment, and instead invest in health care, education, and community-run violence-prevention programs.

I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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