Andrew Yang Pitches Detailed Plan He Claims Will Curb Police Brutality In America

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has shared a plan that he claims, if enacted, would curb police brutality in America.

As people across the country are continuing to protest the killing of George Floyd, Yang is already offering lawmakers an action they can take to prevent the next injustice.

Yang, most well known during the 2020 presidential campaign for his universal basic income idea of mailing every American adult a monthly check of $1,000, said reform within police departments was possible.

“One approach would be a new George Floyd Police Misconduct division of the DOJ with a budget of $6 billion a year. Hire thousands of federal agents to investigate police misconduct,” he said in a series of tweets.

“Have [Democratic Congresswoman and former law enforcement officer] Val Demings run it,” he added.

Yang recognized the creation of a new department would not just magically fix a decades-long problem overnight.

He tweeted: “The other issues are training, demilitarization, community-based policing, civilian input and oversight, body cams and transparency, local accountability and officer diversity.”

The former presidential candidate said he had spoken with a law enforcement officer and came up with a new method for officers to approach situations.

“Training is likely the biggest driver – officers are taught to shoot to kill within 3 seconds,” he added. “An officer suggested to me national training to get away from the ‘shoot to kill’ and replace with intermediate weapons and non-lethal approaches to slow down life-or-death decision-making.”

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Music icon John Legend responded to the idea by saying police department funding should instead be rerouted to help “community needs.”

“Prevent crime through community edification. Let’s stop trying to solve problems by hiring more law enforcement,” Legend added.

Yang, at least, agreed with part of the solution: “I like funding a Universal Basic Income and Universal Healthcare too.”

In an op-ed with the Washington Post, Demmings shared her own experience about being in the police department and challenged officers who are overly aggressive to exercise caution:

As a former woman in blue, let me begin with my brothers and sisters in blue: What in the hell are you doing?

I joined the Orlando Police Department when I was 26 years old — a young black woman, fresh out of an early career in social work. I am sure you can imagine the mental and physical stress of the police academy. Not only exams and physical training, but the daily thoughts of, “What am I doing here?” as I looked around and did not see many people who looked like me.

“When an officer engages in stupid, heartless and reckless behavior, their actions can either take a life or change a life forever. Bad decisions can bring irrevocable harm to the profession and tear down the relationships and trust between the police and the communities they serve,” Demmings continued. “Remember, law enforcement needs that trust just as the public does. Think before you act! Remember, your most powerful weapon is the brain the good Lord gave you. Use it!”