The Problem: Incidents of police misconduct, including excessive use of force, deadly force, racial profiling, and racial bias in decision-making continue to undermine trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and violate the civil rights of all Americans. Facts: Official numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2002 indicate 26,000 com- plaints […]
The Problem Over the last two decades, prison spending in the United States has increased 6 times more than spending on higher education, while higher education costs are being shifted to students and parents. Prison spending is costly and undermines the quality of life for all Americans. Facts: America has 5 percent of the world’s […]
The Problem: Voter disenfranchisement of formerly incarcerated people undermines successfully reentry from prison and reduces voting power of entire communities. The Facts: Over 2 million have completed their sentence of imprisonment, parole, or probation. 600,000 people return home from prison each year. The US has 5% of the world’s population, but 50% of those who […]
The problem: Nationwide, students of color experience rates of punishments in school – ranging from office referrals to corporal punishment, suspension, and expulsion – that far exceed their numbers in the school population or the share of offenses they commit. The Facts: Nationwide, African Americans are arrested at 2.1 times the rate of white youth. […]
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POLICE MISCONDUCT REPORT
There is currently a lack of reliable information on incidents of police misconduct in the US. Training on the NAACP All Alert system can increase public awareness of police misconduct by encouraging witnesses or victims of police misconduct to report such incidents to the Association.
The NAACP All Alert is an online reporting system that allows witnesses or victims of police misconduct to report such incidents to the Association. All Alert is a user-friendly online form that respondents can access and fill out using their cell phone or computer. Users are asked to provide as much detail as they can or choose to about the incident (i.e. race of victim, per- ceived motivation of incident, time and location of incident, information on officers involved, etc.)
Law enforcement agencies can no longer be the only group reporting police misconduct. It is time to build a public awareness campaign that will inform people of their rights and how to use the All Alert System when reporting police misconduct. Only when people are informed of their rights and how to exercise them through reporting incidences of misconduct will society be forced to deal with the problems of police misconduct.
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