Black Lives Matter has been getting increasingly attention lately as members of the non-profit meet with presidential candidates to discuss recent police killings and arrests of unarmed Black women and men.

The organization began in 2012 by three Black women including Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza after the Trayvon Martin murder.

Over the past year, BLM has focused on limiting police violence most notably with the deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown and 43-year-old Eric Garner.

READ: Watching the Black Lives Matter Movement

The org’s hashtag has become a viral Internet sensation and have made national headlines from Time magazine to “The Today Show”, but some critics claim BLM has no real strategy like organizations did during the civil rights movement.

After members of BLM met with Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate told them, “You’re going to have to come together as a movement and say, ‘Here’s what we want done about it.’”

Apparently, the organization took heed and recently unveiled its national plan “Campaign Zero,” which offers 10 proposals they hope will be used to end police killings by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions and ensuring accountability.

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The proposals were put together by We the Protestors and are as follows:

  1. End broken-windows policing

Broken windows policing refers to the theory that if you don’t go after minor crimes (i.e. broken windows), then it sends the community a message they can get away with more serious crimes. Campaign Zero says this form of policing disproportionately affects minorities.

  1. Community Oversight

Campaign Zero suggests establishing a civilian-run commission that can make recommendations for discipline following a civilian complaint of police misconduct. They say this is better than relying on fellow officers to punish their own colleague.

  1. Limit Use of Force

BLM demands officers only to be allowed to use deadly force when there is an imminent threat to the officer’s life or the life of another person. Currently, officers can use deadly force when they perceive a deadly threat. The group also calls for stricter standards for reporting the use of deadly force.

  1. Independently Investigate and Prosecute

To avoid conflicts of interest, the org is calling for state governments to establish independent prosecutors who will investigate instances of police violence and killings. The group also wants to reduce the standard of proof for federal civil rights investigations of police officers.

  1. Community Representation

The campaign calls for police departments to be more representative of the communities they police by having proportional amounts of women and people of color on staff.

  1. Body cameras and filming the police

The org also demands all police officers to be equipped with body cameras and for police to be banned from taking recording devices from civilians without their consent. Civilians can legally record all public police activity.

  1. Training

They also suggests police officers be required to undergo training four times a year on a variety of issues including racial bias or prejudice, community interaction, crisis intervention, and de-escalation of situations.

  1. End for-profit policing

BLM recommends police departments do away with quotas for tickets and arrests as well as limit fines and fees for low-income people and have stricter standards for civil forfeiture (seizing of civilian property).

  1. Demilitarization

This proposals calls to end the federal government’s 1033 program that provides military weapons to local police departments. The group also says there should be greater restrictions on police departments attempting to purchase and use military grade equipment.

  1. Fair police contracts

Finally, BLM believes police union contracts have given police unions too much influence and give officers too much protection in the instances of misconduct. Campaign Zero wants to eliminate barriers put in place by the union contracts and make officers’ disciplinary history accessible to the public. In addition, they suggest officers’ shouldn’t be paid if they are being investigated for seriously injuring or killing a civilian.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.