Carbondale virtual town hall meeting continues conversation about police reform

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Flowers opened the town hall with a moment of silence and words of optimism that change could be accomplished. She also reiterated part of the NAACP’s mission.

“We are anti-police brutality. We are also for a more equal and equitable Carbondale community,” she said.

The discussion began with an overview of the 10 Pillars of Community Policing, a document signed in 2018 by both the Illinois NAACP and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Carbondale has also signed on to the document in conjunction with the local NAACP.

Among the 10 principles are the beliefs that every life has value and every person should be treated with dignity and respect. It also calls for de-escalation training to be mandated for all departments in the state.

The document also supports diversity within law enforcement and rejects discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, color, nationality, immigrant status, sexual orientation, gender, disability or familial status. The principles also say the development of relationships "between law enforcement and communities of color at the leadership level and street level will be the keys to diminishing and eliminating racial tension."

After the principles were reviewed, the panel took questions, some of which were sent in beforehand, others which came in during the discussion.

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via The Southern

July 11, 2020 at 09:15AM

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