Candidate for District 2
Yes. Based on Delaware Code Title II Chapter 92 which reads in reference to law enforcement, fire firefights and probation officers (12) All records compiled as a result of any investigation subject to the provisions of this chapter and/or a contractual disciplinary grievance procedure shall be and remain confidential and shall not be released to the public. I believe that changes in the State of Delaware law is necessary to give due diligence to the public on unresolved cases. There must be reforms made to the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights in the Delaware Code on the State Level and implemented on the municipal level that hold police officers to the same standards that the general public are called to adhere to. We must not have a double standard. Justice must be tempered with mercy but not with an unbalance scale. The decision in part is based on unanswered questioned regarding the case in the death of Mr. Brandon Roberts of Milford, Delaware in 2020.
Yes. The civil asset forfeiture should be amended to protect the innocent from having their assets taken.
Yes, In an unbiased effort to build and rebuild a bridge of hope and trust between the police and the public, I would vote for Wilmington police and a credible independent organization to collects and publishes data that includes the races on all pedestrian and traffic stops that is conducted by police officers and the reasons for each stop.
Yes, I am in favor of periodic psychological evaluations of WPD which are governed by the HIPPA Laws. Yes, funding should be made available for mental health support for Our Police Officers. In addition, The police have the same stresses that every person experiences and more. It would be an excellent move to present training in emotional intelligent to understand the people and the community that are served. This becomes more apparent when police officers are not vested in the communities when their dollars are not reinvested in our communities because they may live elsewhere, therefore, psychological evaluations would be an empowering tool.
Yes. Issuing all Wilmington Police officers with body cameras will serve as a deterrent to illegal behaviors not only by law enforcement but by the public as well. The body cameras with serve as a tool for transparency and as a tool towards evaluating responses and training where applicable. Also, President Obama, provided grant money to the Departments of Justice in America for this type of Initiatives. The police officers are experts in their field and need to be held accountable.
Yes! Legislate changes that protect all.
Yes! Based on the 4 Amendment of the United States Constitution the ‘no knock warrants’ violates the constitutional rights and legislation should be created to end this practice.
No. Operation Safe Street was implemented in 1996-1997 when there was an abnormal amount of shootings in Wilmington, Delaware about 108. At that time, this was not viewed as a normal.We need effective programs that are going to help reduce gun violence and produces safer outcomes that don’t rob the integrity of our City’s Reputation.Since, we currently have 115 shooting, as of 8/19/20, seven more shootings than when the program had been established 24 years ago. It is time, to revamp.At this junction in history, We currently have more police officers then before and lesser population than that time frame. Re-evaluating and modifying this operation should be adhered.
No, Community Review Boards should be independent of the Mayor’s Office and the Police Department. Therefore, the Mayor and staff and the Police Department should not have any voice on who is seated on the independent review board to build community trust.The community review board should have access to all of the videos and footage and records regarding complaints as mentioned in the question. and should represent the diversity of the community. . The board must be given a level of authority to enforce their decisions and maintain credibility by impartial judgement calls that include disciplinary enforcement which includes up to and including suspending and firing with a majority vote. The hiring authority should not be legislated to the review board.
As a Legislator, on the municipal level, time should be given to review each law to judge if it is an inhumane law that has caused injustice and bring about any public remediations as legislation, A day of reconciliation should be designation to acknowledge public apologizes and awarenesses to heal.
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