Miami-Dade, Fla. – Today, Miami-Dade County Commissioner and Mayoral Candidate Daniella Levine Cava released a Five-Pillars for Reform Agenda to Address Police Accountability.
Commissioner Levine Cava shared, “Now more than ever we need to have independent oversight of our police to ensure we regain trust across the community and law enforcement. As part of my administration, I will lead a community-engaged process to adapt and support five-pillars for reform to address police accountability.”
Support a True Independent Community Panel- Codified into County’s Charter
In 2018 Daniella Levine Cava supported legislation to put in place a fully funded independent community panel in the county. Though a 2018 measure to revive the previous Independent Review Panel (IRP) was vetoed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Levine Cava has been committed to seeing the issue through under her administration. She also supports efforts to spearhead a charter amendment to ensure that changes supported by the County Commission are codified into the County’s Charter to avoid any future attempts to cut funding or weaken the new panel’s authority.
Implement President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Commitment to Act
As the only candidate to support President Obama’s call to Mayors and local governments to act on reforms, Daniella Levine Cava will implement his call to review police use of force policies, engage the community to review existing policies, report the findings of the review and commit to reforms.
Community Audit of Miami-Dade Police Department’s Practices & Policies
As Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava will appoint a working group of community leaders and stakeholders to do an independent audit of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s practices and policies and make recommendations on reforms needed to continue to build trust between law enforcement and the community.
Permanently Ban the Use of Chokeholds & Strangleholds
Over the last decade we’ve seen headlines about excessive force by officers around the country that lead to death or serious injury by civilians. This is why, as Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava will call for a permanent ban on use of chokeholds or strangleholds. While the Department does not teach or utilize those practices today, Daniella believes it’s important to codify the ban into law.
Transparency & Comprehensive Reporting
Daniella believes the best tool to build trust is transparency in data and information, which is why as Mayor, she will ensure the Miami-Dade Police Department has greater transparency and more comprehensive reporting whenever use of force is deployed with a firearm against a civilian.
Levine Cava added, “The community is marching because people want to see more than talk; they are ready for bold action to achieve the reforms the county needs today. We see young and old, all races, banding together to say this is not just a moment in time, it’s a movement for change and it will not come from the top down. We must bring the community together, and my five-pillars for reform will ensure that happens.”