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National studies show that black and white people use marijuana at equal rates. However, Wake County marijuana arrest data proves that it’s black people who are going to jail for possession of lowlevel of marijuana at significantly higher rates. The selective enforcement of marijuana drug policy is landing high numbers of black and brown youth in jails. Beyond that, we’ve know that the suspicion of marijuana use is the basis for disproportionate searches of people of color in our community. For these reasons, marijuana should become the department’s lowest level law-enforcement priority. A UNC legal scholar has assured PACT that it is well within the scope of a locality to make the decision to stop pursuing these cases that are to the detriment of whole communities. Expand the number of Crisis Intervention-trained officers and the amount of time dedicated to deescalation and communication training. To maximize the number of officers who are experts in handling situations without reaching for their weapon and in identifying individuals who are having a mental health episode, we propose an expansion of the Crisis Intervention Training program and an increase in the time dedicated to deescalation and communication training. Every law enforcement encounter has the potential to escalate and become dangerous if not handled properly by the trained law enforcement professional. Crisis Intervention training prepares officers to detect and handle situations where an individual is having a mental health episode. RPD officers receive some de-escalation and communication training during academy but not sufficient relative to the amount of hours dedicated to other topics. We recommend a dramatic expansion of Crisis Intervention training and an increase in the time dedicated to de-escalation and communication training. Implement a body-worn camera program that includes detailed policies to protect the rights and privacy of community members. To ensure that the community has the tools to challenge the word of police officers, we propose the implementation of body worn cameras. Raleigh has taken steps toward this goal. It is essential that the city accept our recommendations for detailed policies to accompany this new technology that protects the community’s privacy, right to film the police, and access to the footage. Body-worn cameras protect community and officers if implemented adequately. Proper implementation means policies protecting community privacy and others ensuring officers keep the camera rolling at all times, for example. They are a financial investment that increase transparency and trust that many major North Carolina cities like Greensboro, Charlotte, and Durham have all made room for in their budgets. A. Clear Directives for When to Activate Body Cameras. Officers should not be allowed to decide when and where to begin, pause, or stop recording. If they are, any check on police power and communities’ ability to trust that the recording captures what really occurred is greatly diminished. Policies should also direct officers to use their body cameras only when engaging with individuals rather than continuously record throughout their shifts. This ensures that body cameras will not be used as tools of mass surveillance, and also protects individual police officers’ privacy while on breaks. B. Reasonable Public Access Policies. At the very least, people recorded by body cameras should be able to view and have access to those recordings upon request. Recordings that contain footage of public interest—when officer conduct or use of force is called into question, for

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3 14 16 pact memo on body cameras (3)