Mike McCormack announced he is retiring as head of the Toronto Police Union after 11 years in the role. @dwightdrummond sat down with him about why he is leaving now, the state of policing in Toronto and who he thinks should take on his job. More:
India’s George Floyds: custodial deaths raise question of who’s policing the police
THE HISTORY: Systemic racism permeates too many of our police departments in this country and has existed in policing for generations. The work for true justice and real police reform began long before the police shooting death of #MichaelBrown . #SayHisName
It wasn’t until Eric Garner’s death that the labor movement started to acknowledge racism in policing. But more existential questions about police unions are still taboo.
I just signed legislation requiring New York State Police officers to wear body cameras while on patrol & creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office. These new laws will help promote accountability & improve transparency in policing. It all starts with trust.
Don’t let the media put you to sleep again. It’s noting wrong with Policing the police.
NEW: Congressional Democrats unveil policing legislation; would ban chokeholds, no-knock warrants in drug cases; would create federal registry for misconduct complaints against officers; would limit transfer of military-grade equipment to police depts.
Stopping police violence must be a priority in this country if we are to ever come to terms with America’s history of racial injustice. Congress must address deadly use of force by police and reform policing practices. #BlackLivesMatter
Trump's policing Executive Order is meaningless. Since day one he's used racially charged rhetoric all while rolling back efforts to root out racism in policing and virtually abandoning police misconduct investigations. We need real reforms. Pass the Justice in Policing Act now.
The federal government has the power to investigate police departments with a history of discriminatory policing. But racist former AG Jeff Sessions took away @TheJusticeDept ’s tools to force those police departments to reform. We can change that.