Excerpts from 2015 Justice Forum report
Atlanta, GA — Alveda King “your Civil Rights Prayer Warrior Blogger was on site for an eye opening 2015 Justice Forum.” Read excerpts and full article and view summit at links below:
“GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came to Allen University [last] Saturday with very different views of the criminal justice system and what should be done to address its failings.
“The two men and Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley, as well as representatives from other campaigns, appeared at Allen, a small historically black private university, for a presidential justice forum organized by 20/20, a group of black Democrats and black Republicans, to prod candidates to outline their plans for reforming the justice system and community policing.
“Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, talked of mutual respect between police and communities, severe punishment for “rogue” police officers and reducing poverty by using taxes from off-shore money returned to the country to create enterprise zones.
“Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, described police reform as the “civil rights issue of the 21st Century” and said it would be a major issue worked on by his administration if he were elected president.0
“We must reinvent how we police America,” he told the mostly black audience. “Lethal force must be the last resort, not the first resort.”
“Both Carson and Sanders said the number of people jailed and the disproportionately high percentage of blacks in prison need to be changed.
“Carson talked of the importance of education, stopping the cycle of poverty and harnessing $1 trillion in assets held by African-Americans. He said he also wants to see more African-Americans go into a career of law enforcement.
“O’Malley, a former governor of Maryland, talked about improving community policing and encouraging young people to become police officers.
“We want to get to a point where little boys and girls, black and white, feel joining a police department is actually a noble and life giving service,” he said. “That’s why this election is important.”
“Asked about the Black Lives Matter movement, Carson said he believes what should be discussed is “all black lives not just a few.”
“The greatest number of black lives are eliminated in abortion clinics,” he said. “And that bothers me. And in our major cities, the No. 1 cause of death for young black males is homicide. That to me is a very severe problem,” he said. “So I would like to talk about all of that rather than just one small segment.”