FLINT (WJRT) (6/17/2020) – Activists in Flint are encouraged by the seven-point proposition to reform cops in Michigan laid out by Attorney General Dana Nessel on Tuesday.
Her propositions include:
— Allowing MCOLES to suspend or withdraw officers' licenses when they participate in conduct that negatively impacts their capability to perform their tasks or carry out that is destructive to their authorities department.
— Require all police to keep disciplinary records in officers' workers files.
— Require MCOLES to establish a statewide pc registry of confirmed authorities misbehavior claims for the general public.
— Require officers to surrender their retirement benefits if they are convicted of a felony related to misconduct on responsibility.
— Mandate law enforcement agencies to report making use of force with information broken down into race, sex, impairment, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationwide origin, religious beliefs and age.
— Creating an independent investigative and prosecutorial procedure for deaths including law enforcement.
— Requiring continuing education for officers as a license requirement and standardizing policies or training on de-escalation techniques, cultural competency and implicit bias.
Flint activist and neighborhood organizer Johnie Franklin III stated he was specifically delighted with No. 2 on the list, which would mandate all firms maintain disciplinary records of officers.
“That is something that really we as in Black Lives Matter have actually been trying to push in our city, and to see that originating from the chief law officer, at least we know we're all on the same page somehow, some way,” Franklin stated.
He added that, while it's a good initial step, he ‘d like to make certain black community members are involved in the education and training part of this proposition– namely the de-escalation and implicit predisposition training.
“When you think about it from a wider spectrum, when you continue to keep things under cops or government control without no citizen kind of voice and they're not truly listening to us at the end of the day, then you're going to continue to have the very same outcome,” Franklin said.
Attorneys for the Police Officers Association of Michigan told the Detroit Free Press that they agree with a few of Nessel's propositions, however they have concerns about how the public misconduct computer registry would work.
Generally, the association concerns whether other civil servant need to be consisted of or are policemans being singled out.