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Ferguson activists take their demands to Obama and Holder

Today civil rights activists from organizations including Dream Defenders and Millennial Activists United met with President Obama, Attorney General Holder, and Vice President Biden. These were among their demands:

  • The federal government using its power to prosecute police officers that kill or abuse people.
  • Removing local district attorneys from the job of holding police accountable, and instead having independent prosecutors at the local level charged with prosecuting officers.
  • The establishment of community review boards that can make recommendations for police misconduct, instead of allowing police departments to police themselves.
  • Defunding local police departments that use excessive force or racially profile. Instead of having the Department of Justice (DOJ) wholesale giving more than $250 million to local police departments annually, DOJ should only fund departments that agree to adopt DOJ best practices for training and meaningful community input.
  • The demilitarization of local police departments.
  • Investing in programs that provide alternatives to incarceration, such as community-led restorative justice programs and community groups that educate people about their rights.

Read their full statement.

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