Following the nationwide protests that erupted in response to the police killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks, in late 2020 People For the American Way, Covington & Burling LLP, and the Avalan Institute for Applied Research partnered to develop a blueprint for reducing police violence. While systemic overhaul will also require action at the state and federal levels, at the local level, executive, legislative, and judicial authorities can take steps immediately to reduce police violence.
The goal of All Safe: Transforming Public Safety is to provide concrete policy proposals for the transformation and implementation of public safety programs at the local level. Our research focused particularly on the 20 US cities or metro areas with the largest proportion of Black residents. Most of the research in this report was updated as of early 2022. Newer developments in data or policy may not be reflected.
This report provides a range of policy options, recognizing that not every locality will be able to move immediately to the most aggressive approach. Our expectation is that, as localities begin adopting these proposals and gather and develop additional evidence of their effectiveness, these confirmations will strengthen the political case for going further.