By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – Yesterday the Delray Beach Police Department (DBPD) made a statement on social media supporting a national campaign to reform policing by adopting eight policies which could decrease police violence by 72 percent. The DBPD says they have adopted the changes years ago.
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and weeks of national protests, police reform activists Campaign Zero has launched ‘8 Can’t Wait’, a database that tracks major cities’ employment of eight policies that they say are proven to reduce police violence.
The eight policies listed include banning chokeholds and strangleholds, banning shooting at moving vehicles, exhausting all alternatives before shooting and requiring that all use of force be reported.
Also; requiring a warning before shooting, requiring officers to stop another officer from using excessive force, and limiting the types of force and/or weapons that can be used to respond to specific types of resistance.
The DBPD writes, “We are proud to share that the Delray Beach Police Department has already been implementing these eight policies for years. As always, we believe in serving and protecting our community in a professional manner that allows us to strengthen our bonds and continue to be [united].”
“Data proves that together these eight policies can decrease police violence by 72 percent,” the project states, citing a 2016 Campaign Zero study. “The average police department reviewed has adopted only three of the eight policies identified as placing clear restrictions on police use of force.”
In Delray Beach the police have joined the community in peaceful protesting the murder of George Floyd, and the continued message of Black Lives Matter. Police Chief Javaro Sims said, “I think it’s very important to understand that the community is your police. The police is your community. I think it’s vital that we continue to work together to resolve issues that take place in our community.”
In other police news, the Delray Beach police are searching for a man who impersonated a police officer and demanded money from an immigrant. A male victim told Delray Beach police he received several phone calls from someone who demanded he pay the caller $4,500 in bitcoin, because he knew the victim was involved in some illegal activity.
The victim described the suspect as a 26 – 35 year-old black man, who is about six feet tall with short hair and a scar below his right ear. The victim also said the suspect was driving a white Ford Taurus with grey lettering that said “Delray Beach Police” on at least one door.
Delray Beach police want to remind the public they would never call anyone to ask for money. If you receive this kind of call, contact your local police agency.