UPDATED 9:38 AM PT – Friday, November 6, 2020
Americans in cities across the country are passing police reform measures this election year. This week, several cities voted to create independent boards that would investigate police misconduct and use of deadly force.
The California jurisdictions of San Francisco, Oakland and Sonoma County approved the creation of oversight committees for their law enforcement departments.
Similar measures were approved in Pennsylvania, where peaceful demonstrations turned violent last week in Philadelphia following the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. Residents called for a “citizens police oversight committee” to replace the city’s Police Advisory Commission.
Those in favor of new reform said current police oversight fails to hold officers accountable and new measures could help catch misconduct.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, said voter turnout was huge for police reform and they expect to implement changes in the coming months.
“This issue in particular, the community has spoken loud and clear this is the first time the people of Columbus have been able to vote on police reform,” he stated. “They did so overwhelmingly.”
Vote early! And vote YES for Columbus Issues 1 & 2, and Franklin County Issue 24. pic.twitter.com/8mLWholH6M
— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@andrewginther) October 30, 2020
Activists have continued to push for a so-called demilitarization of the police by taking away funding for heavy weaponry and some are calling for additional resources for people to call during non-violent emergencies.
More announcements are expected to come as states continue to tally votes.