No More Stop & Frisk in DC!

Mayor Bowser & DC Council

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It's time to end this racist and violent practice in the District!

Stop-and-frisk does not keep people safe and is rapidly becoming the most discredited policing practice in the United States. Exclusively targeting Black and Brown people, it leads to racially-biased harassment and violent intimidation. Young people, members of the LGBTQ community, people who are experiencing homelessness, or are immigrants, are especially put at risk.

Stop-and-frisk has become code for a mass dragnet of racially-biased harassment aimed at using intimidation as a “crime fighting” tool.

The chief of police himself has admitted (after pressure from the public and the DC Council) that stop-and-frisks occur in DC. The MPD, however, has consistently resisted releasing data on the number of stop-and-frisks conducted by DC Police officers, and illegally refused to collect and release comprehensive data on stop-and-frisks for three years.

DC residents have years of stories of being stopped, followed, and abused by police who routinely violate their civil rights. And while the DC MPD has claimed to have ended jump out squads, described as “DC’s scarier version of stop and frisk”—which involve heavily armed teams of undercover officers violently searching and arresting anyone deemed suspicious—these tactics have also continued.

There is no evidence stop-and-frisk is an effective tactic, but more importantly, the very idea of racially exclusive police dragnets is outrageous.

Sign this petition to demand that the DC Council and Mayor Bowser ban the use of stop-and-frisk by the Metropolitan Police Department, Metro Transit Police, Housing Police, Library Police, DGS Police, Special Police, and all other law enforcement agencies under the authority of the DC government.

It's time to end this racist and violent practice in DC.

#NoMoreStopAndFrisk!

Learn more and get involved at www.sptdc.com/nomorestopandfrisk.

To: Mayor Bowser & DC Council
From: [Your Name]

Stop-and-frisk does not keep people safe and is rapidly becoming the most discredited policing practice in the United States. Exclusively targeting Black and Brown people, it leads to racially-biased harassment and violent intimidation.

The chief of police himself has admitted (after pressure from the public and the DC Council) that stop-and-frisks occur in DC. The MPD, however, has consistently resisted releasing data on the number of stop-and-frisks conducted by DC Police officers, and illegally refused to collect and release comprehensive data on stop-and-frisks for three years.

DC residents have years of stories of being stopped, followed, and abused by police who routinely violate their civil rights. And while the DC MPD has claimed to have ended jump out squads, described as “DC’s scarier version of stop and frisk”—which involve heavily armed teams of undercover officers violently searching and arresting anyone deemed suspicious—these tactics have also continued.

We demand that the DC Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser end this racist and violent practice. It’s time to implement a full ban on the use of stop-and-frisk by the DC Metropolitan Police Department, Metro Transit Police, Housing Police, Library Police, DGS Police, Special Police, and all other law enforcement agencies under the authority of the DC government.