The NAACP DC Branch supports the DC Police Project, which is a petition initiative to require all Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers to wear body cameras and record all encounters with the public. This petition, which will be sent to Mayor Vincent Gray, the entire DC Council, and the Chief of Police, is in response to a wave of incidents nationwide and in D.C. indicating police officers are using excessive, and sometimes deadly, force unnecessarily.
In addition to cameras, the petition also seeks to expand crisis intervention training program for MPD, amend the assault on a police officer statute, appoint residents to serve on an independent commission to investigate complaints, hold public hearings, prosecute complaints of assault by police officers, require Metropolitan Police Officers to reside in the District, incentivize college coursework for Metropolitan Police Officers, eliminate racial bias in policing and require psychological evaluations for Metropolitan Police Officers every three year.
Akosua Ali, NAACP DC President, stated, “The NAACP supports MPD Officers wearing cameras to ensure transparency and accountability of misconduct by both police officers and citizens. These cameras will offer evidence supporting justice for victims of police misconduct and police officers also deserve proof against unjust claims of misconduct.”
Patrice Sulton, Esq., NAACP DC Executive Committee Member and DC Defense Attorney, stated “There is a systematic failure in the justice system if the public only learns of incidents of police brutality and unlawfulness when random bystanders happen to record these occurrences.”
For more information on the DC Police Project, please visit www.dcpoliceproject.com