• Dear Local Leaders in Kalamazoo,

    Thank you for reading this letter.

    I’m emailing Chief Karianne Thomas, Mayor David Anderson, Chief Bryan Ergang, Sheriff Rick Fuller and Kalamazoo City & County Commissioners to urge them to take the pledge to enact the #8CantWait use of force policies. I live in [insert city below] in [insert neighborhood below] and I think our city would benefit from these policies.

    The #8CantWait policies are simple, common-sense and could help make our community safer, especially for Community Members of Color, daily impacted by Systemic Racism. Our City is not yet listed on this website. We want to know if Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County and Kalamazoo Township have enacted any of the following policies. If so, we ask that you submit the policies currently enacted to increase transparency around policing in our Community. We will follow up with you on June 17th and will look for your response on the 8CantWait.org website. We will then want to know; what measures of accountability will be enacted connected to these policies. We will also be reaching out to you for conversations about additional changes in policies and processes at a later date.

    We urge you to commit to enacting ALL of the following policies.

    1. Ban Chokeholds & Strangleholds
    2. Require De-escalation
    3. Require Warning Before Shooting
    4. Require Exhaust All Alternatives Before Shooting
    5. Duty to Intervene
    6. Ban Shooting at Moving Vehicles
    7. Require Use of Force Continuum
    8. Require Comprehensive Reporting