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Saturday Night time Owls: Black mayors drive police reform

The first “E” in our PEACE Pact stands for Assessment of all police-related contracts, guidelines and cultural norms. Local policing reform requires reform and revision of the complex laws, treaties and cultural norms that govern local policing. Among other things, we recommend evaluating, revising or renegotiating collective agreements, codes of conduct, draft law enforcement officers and non-crime-related police functions such as social work and mental health support.

Black mayors put this into practice. Last year in June, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms placed executive orders Officers must use de-escalation techniques before using lethal force. Officers must also intervene if other officers use excessive force. […]

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That day at Daily Kos in 2006– Prolong the debate on Alito:

It seems clear to me that the importance of Alito’s views on executive power, access to justice, civil liberties, the right to privacy, federal trading power and a host of other issues is only now coming into proper focus. The Senate needs more time to properly exercise its constitutional function of advising and approving.

An appointment to the Supreme Court is lifelong. Samuel Alito is 55 years old and, like Justice O’Connor, will likely sit in court for a quarter of a century if confirmed.

In view of the missions, an additional period of reflection and discussion appears appropriate. The length of this additional period does not have to be long and the debate does not have to be protracted. It seems to me that with a relatively short period of reflection, the Senate members can chart a course for appropriate action in relation to Judge Alito.

So I urge the Senate, and in particular the Senators of the Democratic Caucus, to consider a longer debate to further examine Judge Samuel Alito’s appointment to the Supreme Court.

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