DRC Recommendations-Governor Newsom Task Force, Police Reform

Two police officers standing by their vehicle at night

Disability Rights California provided recommendations to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Police Reform, co-chaired by Lateefah Simon, president of the Akonadi Foundation, and Ron Davis, former East Palo Alto Police Chief.

 

DRC Recommendations -
Governor Newsom Task Force,
Police Reform

Disability Rights California provided recommendations to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Police Reform, co-chaired by Lateefah Simon, president of the Akonadi Foundation, and Ron Davis, former East Palo Alto Police Chief.  

Summary of Recommendations 

To better serve our communities, we call for reforms that: 

  • Shift resources from policing to community-based services, including crisis services, that are disability-centered and culturally and linguistically competent. 
  • Remove police from schools and reinvest funding in appropriate social and mental health supports that are disability-centered and culturally and linguistically competent. 
  • Ensure police response to demonstrations is non-violent and bans the use of “riot control agents”.                             
  • Ensure standards and training governing policing, including use of force standards, involve input from people with disabilities and individuals with lived experiences in the criminal legal system.   

Full letter and recommendations:

Task Force Recommendations (pdf)