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One solution to the problem of Police Violence and misconduct.

August 16, 2014

My name is Claude Conkrite, I am the Secretary of the Black Caucus of the Democratic Party of Washoe County Nevada. This includes Reno, Carson City, Virginia City, and most of the towns and cities in Northern Nevada. I am also a community organizer with Organizing for Action, Move-On, and numerous other progressive organizations. I am the Nevada State Coordinator for the Progressive Democrats of America Issue team dedicated to Ending  the Mass Criminalization and Incarceration of Black and Brown people. I have been observing the pattern of out of control police, and as upsetting as it is, I will attempt to address this with a logical and unemotional perspective.

I have a proposal, I call it  J.C.L.O.C. the Joint Civilian Law enforcement Oversite Commission.

JCLOC as I call it will be an official commission made up of law enforcement command staff, and line officers, civilians from a variety of races and backgrounds, overseen by Federal Law enforcement officials from the DOJ, and representatives of the various activist organizations. There will be a monthly review of all complaints lodged against local police, and sheriff’s departments, and after a review process to be determined, this commission thru the Department Of Justice, will have the power to investigate, and prosecute violators of the law within the law enforcement community nationwide.

This commission will have at its disposal within budgetary limits, a legal team, forensic accountants, investigators, warrant and subpoena powers.

There will be a special task force assigned to this commission made up of, the U.S. Marshall’s office, FBI, DEA, and Department of Justice Agents.

The to these agents will be able to circumvent the chain of command and report directly to the Attorney General who will report directly to the President of the United States.

This will insure that POTUS is informed of all aspects of each case, should the need arise.

I am presenting this outline of a plan that if combined with other ideas such as body cameras, demilitarization, updating and changing the culture and policies, ending the code of silence, and a “real” race relations program.

Personally, I am afraid that until we all make the effort to show more compassion toward one another, and respect the dignity of human life, things are going to get worse. We must exercise our right to speak up about injustice, and change this poison into medicine.

Human beings possess within their lives the wisdom to transform despair into hope, the courage to change misery into happiness, and the generosity to turn hatred into compassion. (Daisaku Ikeda)

We are also getting ready to introduce two bills of  legislation in a few days to put a stop to this trend.

I hope this will be of some assistance, and help find a solution to this tragic and criminal behavior.

We must hold our public servants accountable, and at the same time acknowledge the fact that they are human too, subject to the same flaws and frailties other people have.

It is time to do a RESET.


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