In 2021 alone,
police have already killed 319 people in the U.S. This doesn't include the amount of people who lived after interactions with the police but still experienced beatings, tasers, mace, abuse, or any type of brutality. In the 19th century, the police force in the South was created as a way of maintaining enslaved people. And today, after the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in 2020 and the recent police killings of Daunte Wright, Ma’Khia Bryant, and dozens of others, there has been a massive call for rethinking the role of police in the U.S., or at least how to fix the systemic issue of police brutality and racial inequality. After Derek Chauvin was convicted of George Floyd’s murder on April 20, 2021, President Biden called the verdict a “too rare” step in “basic accountability.”
There are many
anti-brutality organizations that exist in the U.S. for the purpose of tackling police violence head-on. Through educating the public about their rights, pushing for programs that move away from policing and punishment, and observing the police, these organizations work to hold police responsible for abuse of power.
So, if you're looking to make a donation, get involved, or learn more about anti-brutality efforts, here are nine organizations you can look into.
WeCopwatch WeCopwatch is an organization dedicated to educating the public on their rights when it comes to being stopped by the police. The organization also pushes community efforts that shift away from policing, including counseling. WeCopwatch focuses on the non-violent observation of the police to ensure that they don't abuse their power in situations with citizens by studying patterns of abuse in the past. They also work to deescalate issues they see on the street. Communities United For Police Reform Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is based in New York and is comprised of a team of community leaders and lawyers who work to educate the public about their rights and police rights, so as to make their deviances from the law publicized. CPR focuses on holistic efforts to community safety, rather than relying on the police. Donations go toward community events and outreach efforts about police violence. Safety Beyond Policing Safety Beyond Policing, also based in New York, is similar to " defund the police" efforts, the organization believes that taxpayer dollars should stop going to funding the police. Instead, Safety Beyond Policing pushes for funding to be divested into community efforts that are meant to build up individuals rather than punish them by providing counseling, job opportunities, and professional development training. Donations go toward supporting these efforts. The Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression The Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression (CAPCR), based in Missouri, is an anti-brutality organization that calls for better police oversight and accountability. The organization is still making ongoing efforts as a response to the Michael Ferguson killing and is working to establish a citizen's review board for the police in St. Louis. Donations go toward legal representation and advocacy efforts. Anti Police Terror Project The Anti Police Terror Project (APTP) is led by Black organizers that want to eliminate police brutality in communities of color. They provide support to families who are dealing with police brutality and connect them with resources including legal representation and counseling. Donations go toward providing educational resources to these communities and these counseling efforts. Dream Defenders Dream Defenders is a group of young adults that are determined to change the world around them. Based in Florida, the organization works to bring the focus back on individual empowerment, and eliminate policing, prisons, surveillance, and punishment. They aim to build better alternatives to these systems — ones that work to uplift communities rather than tear them apart. The donations go toward the Dream Defenders Action Fund, which provides those in need with mutual aid and financial support. Campaign Zero Campaign Zero is a national organization devoted to lobbying legislators on ten policy solutions that reduce police violence, including independent oversight, legal bans on the use of force, and the end of for-profit policing. It’s run by non-profit We The Protesters, and uses its donations to research new policies and pressure officials into passing effective anti-brutality laws. You can use its tool to track law enforcement violence legislation in your state. Mothers Against Police Brutality Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) focuses on the families affected by those who were killed by police violence. The organization is based in Texas and has received public recognition and donations by Colin Kaepernick and Snoop Dogg. MAPB allows families to speak about their experiences with police brutality to bring awareness to the issue. Donations go toward legal efforts to convict police who have killed citizens. Communities United Against Police Brutality Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) is based in the Twin Cities, and was formed to combat police brutality in Minnesota. It operates a 24-hour crisis line for people to report incidents of police violence, and helps survivors with legal, psychological, and medical support. It also advocates for policy change; right now, CUAPB is fighting for police officers to carry professional liability insurance, so they’d be penalized with higher premiums if they engaged in misconduct.
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This article was originally published on
Aug. 26, 2020