Coalition Delivers Demands on Pittsburgh Police Reform

Allegheny County Black Activist/Organizer Collective
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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – A coalition calling itself Allegheny County Black Activist/Organizer Collective says the time for talk has passed. Leaders of several organizations Monday presented a list of demands for police and criminal justice reform to Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduo’s office and the office of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

“The call and the cry is we are no longer here to talk,” said Alliance for Police Accountability leader Brandi Fisher. “We are no longer here to accept crumbs. We are no longer here to accept your excuses like the old folks have. The old day is over and you have new activists here. You have new black leadership here and we are demanding change today and we are demanding it now,” said Fisher.

The demands are:

  • Defund the Police, Fund Black Communities
  • Demilitarize the Police
  • End the Criminalization of Black People
  • Remove All Police from Schools
  • Make Collective Bargaining with Police Public
  • Terminate Pittsburgh FOP President Robert Swartzwelder whom the coalition believes is obstructionist
  • Disband All Private Police Departments
  • End “No Knock” Warrants
  • Cease Partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • End Cash Bail
  • Release All Vulnerable Individuals from Jail
  • Create an Independent, Fully Funded Citizens Review  Board

“The safest communities are not the ones with the most police, but the ones with the most resources,” said 1 Hood founder Jasiri X.

The coalition is giving the city and county seven days to respond.

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