NAACP fears Biden gun control plan could add discriminatory PD surveillance

NAACP fears Biden gun control plan could add discriminatory PD surveillance

President Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, about the withdrawal of the remainder of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool) GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids NAACP leaders worry President Biden’s gun control and anti-violence plan could unfairly target brown and black community members. Biden’s plan is encouraging cities to us COVID relief funds allocated through the American Rescue Plan. Biden’s plan suggests that the money allocated in this manner can be used to hire additional law enforcement officials or pay overtime where the funds are directly focused on advancing community policing strategies. The money may also be used for enforcement efforts such as prosecuting gun traffickers, rogue dealers and address gun trafficking channels. The plan also suggests cities can use the money to invest in technology and equipment to allow law enforcement to more efficiently and effectively respond to the rise in gun violence resulting from the pandemic. The NAACP is concerned it could give the green light to programs that target minorities rather than working with the community to reduce crime. The city of Grand Rapids received over $92 million dollars in funds, and in the fall, the city had proposed using COVID relief funds to back a program called ShotSpotter. The program uses sensors set up throughout the city to alert 911 dispatch that a gunshot went off, initiating a law enforcement response. Ultimately, the proposal did not pass, but the NAACP fears the […]

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