Candidate for Mayor
Yes. Police records should be made public the same way a private citizen’s record is public. There shouldn’t be a double standard. Allowing police records to be public also allows for increased transparency.
I don’t believe in confiscating a citizen’s property without just cause or factual impropriety.
Yes. Collecting and publishing data from traffic stops will lead to increased transparency and accountability, as well as serve as a catalyst for building trust and reduce potential discriminatory acts by police officers.
Mental health is a relevant issue impacting people of all ages, races, gender and professions. As police officers routinely work in highly intense, stressful, and traumatic environments; their mental health is critically important. I would still need to conduct further research to determine the potential for implementing psychological evaluations within the Wilmington Police Department.
Yes. The implementation of body cameras will allow for greater transparency and accountability between the police and the communities they serve.
Yes. The tragic death of Breonna Taylor is the potential effect of police recklessly using no knock warrants. Police must ensure the safety of every person on the premises before attempting to arrest a suspect.
Yes. In order to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community, I would create a Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. This committee would consist of judges, elected leaders, and officials representing local and state agencies. The mission of the body would be to increase transparency and accountability of law enforcement as they review police and court processes, in addition to oversight of treatment programs. The Criminal Justice Advisory Committee would also study juvenile and criminal systems to evaluate or identify areas for improvement and offer policies to improve the processes.
In order to restore confidence in Wilmington’s law enforcement officials, I would implement a multi-faceted approach that focuses on two key pillars:
* Increasing Community Engagement Initiatives with community and faith-based organizations
* Launching a Neighborhood Coordination Officers Patrol Program – Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) would work day in and day out–to increase police and community connectivity. These officers would be embedded within the neighborhood to build connections with residents, help address local concerns, and keep the community safe
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