After last week’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown, millions of people were left confused, angered and disappointed. Some of those people were disappointed yet again when the officer who caused the death of another black man was not indicted. Yesterday it was announced that the police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner would not be charged. During a press conference after the decision, Rev. Al Sharpton announced the plan for a march to protest police violence and excessive force in the . The march is scheduled to take place on December 13, 2014. “It’s time for a national march for a national crisis,” Sharpton said.
The recent protests in support of Brown and Garner have been mostly peaceful and Sharpton says this one is expected to be as well. “We are not advocating violence, we are asking that police violence stop.”
The previous marches on Washington in 1964 and 1965 led to the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. What do civil rights leaders hope will come from this march? New policy that would strip local and state prosecutors of the ability to prosecute police. The theory is that local and state prosecutors are conflicted when they have to decide whether or not to prosecute police that they often work closely with. A Department of Justice office office created for this purpose is a great idea. There are dozens of other specific things that can be focused on during the march and thereafter. The first thing that comes to mind is voter education and the encouragement of constituents to attend and participate in city town and state meetings. If you don’t like the policies then use your power to elect new policy makers. What are you thoughts on new initiatives to change the process of police prosecution?