2020 Presidential candidate Julian Castro (D) has unveiled what he is calling a “People First Policing plan” that he argues will heal the divide between the police and communities.
The plan “would establish national standards and guidelines for police conduct, increase transparency and accountability for police departments and their officers, end the culture of over-policing and police militarization, and address widespread incidents of violence and harassment directed at black and brown civilians.”
Commenting on the plan, Secretary Castro explained that “from Stephon Clark, to Pamela Turner, to Tamir Rice, far too many lives have been tragically cut short at the hands of a broken police system.”
So, in order to reform policing in the United States, Castro says that his People First Policing plan will “set new standards for police departments, hold officers accountable for excessive use of force, and begin to heal the divide between police departments and the communities they serve.”
Since announcing his bid for the Presidency, Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration, has placed an emphasis on immigration and education reform.
Castro calls policing “a national crisis in public safety,” and “if elected president… Castro would treat this as the crisis it is, demanding of a federal response.”
He emphasizes the need to “end over-aggressive policing and combat racially discriminatory policing”, he will “hold police accountable” and he will “start the healing process between communities and law enforcement.”
In early May, a Washington Post survey indicated that Secretary Castro was leading the charge on immigration with his People First plan.
This policing reform plan is an extension of his “People First” platform, and his press team explained what the People First plan is comprised of.
The team explained that “Secretary Castro’s plan, among other tenets, called for breaking up Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), investing in ports of entry, increasing the number of refugees, and bolstering aid to Central America through a 21st Century Marshall Plan.”