(BALTIMORE, MD., 6/2/20) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging all people of conscience to join the call for comprehensive police reform in Baltimore by signing on to a commitment led by the Citizens Policing Project to hold lawmakers accountable for implementing measures designed to establish fair, transparent and just policing practices in the city.
Sign the Commitment: https://cpproject.org/sign-on-and-‘protest-with-purpose’-in-2020
The commitment, endorsed by CAIR, states in part:
“The City of Baltimore is in a unique position during the trying and heartbreaking times our nation’s Black and Brown communities are facing. What we all must agree on is that the racism that this country is built upon and the continued oppression of our people has to end. We are calling for all current and presumptive elected representatives to COMMIT to prioritizing Racial Equity in the treatment of our people, and diligently pursuing and advocating for the necessary legislative and structural changes needed to move our City forward.”
“Baltimore City has already set many precedents in our pursuit of equitable policing and abolishing police misconduct within the BPD,” said Principal of the Citizens Policing Project, Ray Kelly. “Our voices have established a viable mechanism for reform with the consent decree mandates reforms under Federal oversight. What we have not had is strong and committed leadership to prioritize its implementation. This commitment outlines and prioritizes what the collective Black and Brown community is fighting for nationwide. This is a call to all prospective and incumbent representatives that we have the tools to seek accountability and we will use them.”
“Legislative and bureaucratic roadblocks have setback meaningful reform in police practices and building community trust in law enforcement,” said CAIR Director in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “George Floyd’s death is a tragic, painful reminder that we cannot stand by and wait for change. It’s up to constituents to hold lawmakers accountable. Community members who sign this commitment are taking an important step to help make this happen.”
Requirements of the commitment include returning local control and oversight of the Baltimore Police Department, support for full implementation of Baltimore’s consent decree, mandatory de-escalation and anti-racism training for all officers, community roundtables with access to command staff for feedback and concern, implementation of youth diversion programs, and more.
The commitment mandates will be presented officially at an action on June 8 outside the U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062