Nov 17, 2018

After the midterms, black elected officials want to change the justice system

A police brutality protest. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The midterm elections saw a wave of African-Americans sweep into local elected law enforcement offices, promising to make an impact on the nation's justice system by rethinking policing and criminal justice in their own communities, the AP writes.

The big picture: Black Americans have long faced injustices at the hands of the American criminal justice system, including higher incarceration rates, harsher sentencing, and the use of disproportionate force from police officers.

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Driving the news: These newly elected black law enforcement officials ran campaigns on progressive politics.

  • In Wake County, North Carolina, Sheriff Gerald Baker promised to hold police more accountable for abuses and said the county would stop detaining immigrants.
  • Birmingham's Pettway plans on decriminalizing marijuana and supports jailhouse education programs to prevent recidivism.

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