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POLICE REFORM INITIATIVES

 

CHOKEHOLDS

Progress: COMPLETE

Ban the use of chokeholds or other holds that intentionally restrict the airway/cut off the supply of oxygen to the brain, except in situations where deadly force is justified.

TRANSPARENCY

Progress: COMPLETE

Make the policing manual, including use of force policy, public knowledge.

COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT

Progress: Presented to the Mayor and Police Chief

Establishment of a Civilian Oversight Board with authority to hold officers and the department accountable (Civilian Police Accountability Council).

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

Progress: Partially Met

Publish demographic data as it relates to traffic stops, searches, arrests, use of force, tickets, and any critical incidents.

MISCONDUCT INFORMATION

Progress: Presented to the Mayor and Police Chief

Make police misconduct records public knowledge, this includes reports of harassment, racial profiling, and sexual misconduct.

CONSENT SEARCHES

Progress: Presented to the Mayor and Police Chief

Require the presentation of a written form to any individual being probed to consent to a search. This individual must sign the form to show they are aware that they are allowed to refuse the search and what rights they will be giving up if they consent.

IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING

Progress: COMPLETE

Expand and make more frequent the implicit bias training that police officers receive.

USE OF FORCE REVISION

Progress: Partially Met

Review and revise the use of force policy to prohibit an officer from using force on a suspect who merely verbally confronts them, or is otherwise restrained. Also, ban the use of tasers, forcing to the ground, or rear handcuffing of pregnant people. Ban the use of tasers, except in situations where deadly force is authorized.

SHOOTING FROM A MOVING VEHICLE

Progress: Partially Met

Ban the discharge of a firearm from a moving vehicle or at a moving vehicle, unless there is an immediate danger to public safety.

PROHIBITION OF PRETEXT STOPS

Progress: Presented to the Mayor and Police Chief

De-emphasize the regulatory and equipment failure traffic stops that are used as a pretext to get to talk to somebody, and, instead, emphasize ones that are truly related to safety. Pretext stops are proven to increase racial and socioeconomic status. 

USE OF FIREARMS

Progress: Presented to the Mayor and Police Chief

Officers should not holster, draw, point, or show their firearms unless they have a reasonable, nondiscriminatory basis to believe that there is an imminent threat of death or serious injury to  themselves or others. All use of firearms, including drawing of a weapon, should be reported and immediately investigated

ANONYMOUS THIRD PARTY REPORTING FOR POLICE MISCONDUCT

Progress: Presented to the Mayor and Police Chief

Have a hotline where complaints of police misconduct can be collected by a third party, not associated with the police department. this would be for citizens and police to report misconduct or racial profiling without fear of retribution.

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CITY REFORM INITIATIVES

 

STATUES ON MAIN STREET

Progress: COMPLETE

All of the statues on Main Street are of white people. This does not give off an accepting feel for ALL POC in Carmel. We are advocating for statues of color to be added to the Main Street collection.

DIVERSE PANEL

Progress: Presented to the Mayor

The mayor should support the development of and meet with a diverse panel of Carmel residents, quarterly, to continue the oversight of equity and diversity in Carmel.

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EDUCATION REFORM INITIATIVES

 

CHIEF EQUITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER

Progress: COMPLETE

It is important to have someone in the district that is trained to do this work. Hiring a chief equity officer is an important step to take.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANS

Progress: COMPLETE

Each school's improvement plan should have an explicit focus on racial equity of underrepresented groups.

IMPLEMENT AN EQUITY SURVEY

Progress: Presented to the Superintendent

We must be able to measure improvement. Administer an equity, diversity, and inclusion biannual survey with annual goal metrics.

EQUITY TEAMS

Progress: Partially Met

Create an equity team at every school. This is relational work and there must be people on the ground doing it.

CURRICULUM REVISION

Progress: Partially Met

Revise and supplement the curriculum to include the study of the history and contribution of people of color year round, diversification of texts written by POC, and professional development for teachers on racial equity pedagogy.

DIVERSE HIRING

Progress: In Progress

Diversify hiring through all levels in the schools.

IMPLICIT BIAS AND CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINING

Progress: Partially Met

Training for teachers, staff, admin, and SRO on implicit bias and cultural awareness upon hire and periodically through out employment.

INAPPROPRIATE RACIAL OFFENSES

Progress: In Progress

District and school policy around "inappropriate racial offenses", ranging from class-wide education, reconciliation, detention, suspension, and making teachers mandated reporters of these instances. Add language to the anonymous reporting system that makes it clear that instances of racial discrimination can be reported there.

DATA STREAMLINING AND MONITORING

Progress: Presented to the Superintendent

Publicly display and monitor data regarding unequal punishment for students of color as well as data showing academic achievement by demographic.

RACIAL EQUITY ORIENTATION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Progress: Presented to the Superintendent

High school students get orientations based on many topics. Racial equity is an important theme that will follow them through their life. They should be educated on this as well.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES

Progress: Presented to the Superintendent

Ensure that POC have access to rich cultural opportunities at school, utilizing outside help if needed. This includes representation of POC when bringing in guest speakers.

COLONIAL DAY AND THANKSGIVING

Progress: COMPLETE

The way these topics are currently presented in our Elementary schools is riddled with cultural appropriation and white washing of history. Develop an alternative that is more respectful to cultures and the actuality of history.

PUBLIC STATEMENT DENOUNCING RACISM IN CCS

Progress: COMPLETE

Students and families need CCS to acknowledge the struggles they face and a strong commitment that racism and discrimination have no place in CCS.