Thank you @EricFlackTV @wusa9 @charlesallen for confirming what we’ve been saying for years. @ChiefNewsham @DCPoliceDept @DCPoliceUnion @USAO_DC @SafeDC @MayorBowser are #GUILTY

#StopMPD #StopFOP #NoNewMPD #DivestFromPolice #DisarmThePolice
#BlackLivesMatter #BrownLivesMatter
# of people killed by police in 2018: 264
Police officer isn’t in the top 10 most dangerous jobs.
Roofer: 4x more dangerous
Sanitation worker: 3.5x
Truck driver: 1.8x…

But ppl w/ those jobs have to follow the same rules as everyone else.

US Cops kill > 1000 people per year & ALMOST NEVER face consequences…
The US Military has MUCH stricter rules of engagement than nearly all US police departments. Only 4 states require cops to attempt non-lethal means before using deadly force
If cops are really the “bravest,” why did they kill 638 people who were unarmed/non-threatening in 2017?

What is it about US policing that makes them so much more dangerous than other countries?
To answer that ?, one must recognize that policing in the US has always been a mechanism of social control to further the status & property interests of the powerful against the less-powerful

From slave patrols to #BrokenWindows to #MassIncarceration to "community policing," police and prisons protect only property and serve only elites.

At best, police are a reactive and suppressive. More often, they actively oppress marginalized communities, enforce & create racial & social inequities, and serve as the front line of a #PrisonIndustrialComplex that kills & cages humans for profit…
Police violence & other institutional state violence is disproportionately inflicted on oppressed people/populations - especially Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Muslim, & Latinx people.
Black people make up:
13% of the US population
27% of people killed by police
35% of people incarcerated

The number of people in US prisons has increased 735% in just the last 40 years…
The amount of $ states have spent on "corrections" has increased 850% in just the last 20 years
For all these lives ruined and money spent, evidence shows that increased policing & incarceration have NO EFFECT in reducing crime rates

@BrennanCenter @ollie @lbeisen @juliacbowling @JosephEStiglitz @Inimai…
"Liberal" reforms to police departments may make (White) people feel better, but they don't fix the problem of racist, militarized policing. They can't. Because the current system is working exactly as it was designed to

But we also know that institutionalized police departments have only been around for 150 years. Humans have survived for millennia without police, and we can survive without them again.

Violence, fear, punishment, aggression, #ToxicMasculinity, occupation, militarization, cages, guns are tools of oppression that can never address root causes or keep people safe.
But we know what does keep us safe. It's investment in communities, opportunities, education, housing, mental health, conflict resolution, compassion, love, humanity, & empowerment.

THAT is why we push for the #NEARact
THAT is why we work to #AbolishPrisons & #AbolishThePolice
If you believe that EVERYONE should be empowered to reach their full potential, come join us in building a world of #SafetyBeyondPolice

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