Black Lives Matter (BLM), the activist group that campaigns agasint police brutality and racial injustice, have just come out with their plan to help fix the issues that plague police forces up and down the country.
Their plan – “Campaign Zero?? – focuses on 10 points where they would like the law to change. They believe that these changes will help stop racial profiling and lessen the dangers everyday citizens face when dealing with the police.
To get an idea of what they are asking for we thought we’d provide a breakdown of their plan:
1. End “broken windows” policing, which aggressively polices minor crimes in an attempt to stop larger ones.
“Broken windows?? policing is the idea that vigorously enforcing small crimes (like vandalism) will prevent larger crimes from happening. This law has allowed police to increase “stop and frisks??, which BLM claims enables racial stereotyping. They argue that Black men and women are unfairly targeted by police using this law as an excuse, and that this policy ultimately led to the death of Eric Garner (remember the guy that was choked to death after he was caught selling loose cigarettes). This is their first point in their plan, and probably the most controversial.