#BLM B-town is helping to help spread awareness about and to address an epidemic of harassment taking the form of unwarranted phone calls to the police concerning black people innocently occupying public spaces. Visit our page to learn about this rapidly growing form of racially motivated harassment and what you can do to prevent it. We will also be creating a call guide that will connect people directly with specific emergency services in crisis situations. Click HERE to learn more
Policing Task Force Info
Black Lives Matter was founded to address racial bias in policing and police brutality against African Americans. Black Lives Matter Bloomington supports a number of programs that encouraging police reform and oversight at the local level. We are building a taskforce to guide policing transformation in Bloomington as well as compile new public records of police encounters that take into account decades of research on intersectionality and policing.
This Task Force is meant to have a public review and rule of law over local law enforcement agencies. Setting policies and procedures for local police.
Some of the key points of our subcommittee meetings in 2018 outlined Bloomington's policing oversight needs, they are:
People's Report on the the Lenco BearCat Military Assault
#BLM's People's Report on the City of Bloomington's Purchase of the Lenco BearCat Military Assault.
Race and Criminal Justice in Monroe County: A Long Term Perspective
Race and criminal justice in Monroe County have been concerns of the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP and the Racial Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington for over 20 years. The most recent report reviews 2017 incarceration data in the context of historical data going back to 1997, and makes recommendations that, if adopted, should help identify and potentially reduce areas where Blacks are over-represented in criminal cases pursued or in sentencing outcomes.
#BLM B-town is using this data to formulate our plans and project in an attempt to hold the local police accountable, create reform and invoke oversight.
To see this longitudinal study please see the link below:
25 Plus Point Plan for "Police Reform" Revised by BLM B-town
Below is a link to the 25 Plus Plan to "Police Reform" as it was revised by BLM Btown in 2016-2017. We have since updated it in 2023 and added more info though it is still of a pre-pandemic pre-George Floyd time it still has merit.
Shaun King initially wrote this plan on Facebook 09-10-16 it outlined necessary steps for so called "police reform". While BLM Btown openly acknowledges the long standing issues Shaun King has had in the BLM national movement we can not deny that the original 25 points had merit BUT we wish to also acknowledge that Shaun King was not the first Black or Brown person to write about these ideas or the last and we did find the need to expand and elaborate on the initial 25 points. We additionally put "police reform" in quotations as we are not in agreement on the term. We believe that IF we implement many of these changes we will NO LONGER have what we refer to as a police or law enforcement.
Click the Link HERE