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OP-ED: Biden Policing EO Would Fall Short

NNPA NEWSWIRE — People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:  “We encourage the administration and Congress to continue exploring solutions to the tragedy of police violence and systemic racism. Unfortunately, this Executive Order as reported reflects an approach that is far too timid. It appears that the administration is bowing to the wishes of an entrenched police union establishment that is change-averse and politically powerful. Instead, it should listen to the voices of communities, especially Black and brown communities, for whom the status quo is deadly.”

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People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all.
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all.

By Ben Jealous, President, People For the American Way

Washington, D.C. – Following reports that President Biden will sign an Executive Order on police use of force tomorrow, on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:

“We encourage the administration and Congress to continue exploring solutions to the tragedy of police violence and systemic racism. Unfortunately, this Executive Order as reported reflects an approach that is far too timid. It appears that the administration is bowing to the wishes of an entrenched police union establishment that is change-averse and politically powerful. Instead, it should listen to the voices of communities, especially Black and brown communities, for whom the status quo is deadly.

“The EO as described would not only minimize limits on use of force, it would sidestep addressing systemic racism and fail to invest in new models of public safety, like unarmed responders and violence interrupters.

“We need to demilitarize and fundamentally transform public safety, and as the federal government continues to do too little, local communities must step up.

“Meanwhile we call on the president and congressional leaders to take the kind of bolder action we elected them to take.”

About People For the American Way  

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org 

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