Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #126
Order Adopted as Amended
Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM

There has been a long and violent history of unarmed people of color falling victim to police brutality and an institutionally unjust legal system in the United States

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Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Patricia Nolan
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

There has been a long and violent history of unarmed people of color falling victim to police brutality and an institutionally unjust legal system in the United States; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The recent tragic murders of George Floyd and Breona Taylor, who are just two of the countless Americans who have felt the devastating impacts of police violence, have sparked outrage from communities across the country as people take to the streets to protest these injustices; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Protestors across the country are experiencing horrific treatment as they call for justice, with children as young as nine being maced by police officers at protests, and with 4,000 protestors being arrested this past weekend, which could result in even more acts of police brutality while some remain in police custody; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Karen Bass (CA-37), and Barbara Lee (CA-13) recently introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to address the glaring and appalling racial injustices present in our policing and justice systems; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This resolution condemns police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force, while also documenting the history of systemic racism in America, recognizing generational trauma and continued brutality, and calling for police and criminal justice reform at every level of government; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Supporting this resolution would align with the City Council’s commitments to diversity, equity, accessibility, and “[eliminating] bias within the City workplace and wider community”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and reinforced health disparities present in Cambridge and across the country, so it is paramount, now more than ever, that the City Council do everything it can to support and uplift communities of color; now therefore be it

 

 

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record in support of this resolution, as condemning police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country, and as affirming its solidarity with people of color and all marginalized individuals who have historically suffered from an unjust criminal justice system; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to Cambridge’s federal delegation on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting

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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan