Take action today to stop police violence in Florida
The ACLU of Florida is committed to fighting for change across our state, to ensure black and brown communities are safe from police brutality and violence. Together, we can prevent police violence, excessive force, and over-policing of black and brown communities, and work to reduce the decriminalization of drug offenses, policing-for-profit, and minimum sentencing laws.
It’s time we demand justice. The criminal justice system is broken in Florida and we need to act now to make it smarter and fairer. We know there is a better way to police, an approach that doesn’t leave us with disproportionately high numbers of people of color injured or dead. Floridians have an unprecedented opportunity to reform our justice system in a way that will make our communities safer and stronger and we need you to act today.
Below are a list of things you can do right now to help end police brutality in our communities.
- Host a community forum or grieving space in your home, community center, or place of worship.
- Attend a rally in support of black lives.
- Be present at community meetings in your area.
- Submit your community meeting, public forum, or rally to us for inclusion on our community action calendar.
- Stay engaged with us so we can keep you up to date on our action plan to reduce police violence.
- Are you a community leader, partner, or organization? We'd love to work with you! Email us so we can work together to prevent police violence.
Do you know your rights? These easy-to-use resources were created by the ACLU so you can have your rights at your fingertips.
- What to Do if You’re Stopped by Police
- What to Do if You’re Stopped By Police Video with Elon James White
- For Youth: What to Do When Encountering the Police
- Rights of Protesters
- What to Do If You Are Stopped or Detained for Taking Photographs
- Petition Congress to pass the Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016, that aims to change policing practices to be about safety and police accountability.
- Petition Minnesota's legislators to demand a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate Philando Castile's murder.
- Petition the Department of Justice to mandate police departments around the country to collect and share data.
- Petition the Department of Justice to ban racial profiling by the police.
- Petition to the DOJ, DOD, and DHS asking for them to cut funding the militarization of local police forces.
Blogs & Articles
- 15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality by Zak Cheney Rice
- ACLU's Police Excessive Force resources by ACLU
- The Myth of Police Reform by Ta-nehisi Coates
- How to be a white ally: fighting racism is your responsibility—start now by Kristen Clodfeller
- How Many Times Do Black People Have to Be Killed on Video Before We Reassess What We Are Doing on Race and Policing in America? by Jeff Robinson
- The Simple Strategies That Could Fundamentally Change How Communities View Their Police by Kate Abbey-Lambertz and Joseph Erbentraut
- How to Fix a Broken Police Department by Alana Semuels
- Philando Castile’s fate could have been my fiancé’s by Casey Bruce
- Ferguson is Everytown, U.S.A. by Nusrat Choudhury
- The great police body-cam debate by Dell Cameron
- ACLU attorney takes on failed policing and shows a better way by Jeff Robinson
Networks and Organizations
- Campaign Zero's Solutions by Campaign Zero
- The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for dignity, justice, and respect by Black Lives Matter
- Six Things Legal Advocates Can Do Today by Law for Black Lives