Safe Coalition Demands

 

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SAFE Coalition NC, (a project of Action NC) calls on Charlotte City Council to build upon the protections stated in the 2015 Civil Liberties Resolution.  SAFE Coalition NC is advising the City of Charlotte to add the following protections for the residents of Charlotte / Mecklenburg and all visitors to our great city through the passage of a binding resolution to be known as the Civil Liberties Protection ACT of 2018.

SAFE Coalition NC hopes that the preliminary discussion of the Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2018 can be scheduled for the Charlotte City Council Community Safety Committee’s September 26th meeting or soon afterwards.

 

Civil Liberties Protection ACT of 2018.

 

  1. Crowd control technology Purchases: Any purchase by CMPD or potentially gained through federal grant of equipment for crowd control purposes (including but not limited to tasers, tear gas, pepper spray, and Long-Range Audio Devices (LRADs)) shall require 30 days prior notice to the public, a meaningful opportunity to comment, and the affirmative approval of the City Council.

 

  1. Surveillance Equipment Purchases. Any purchase by CMPD or potentially gained through federal grant of electronic technologies to enable monitoring or information collection (including but not limited to electronic body scanners, drone aircraft, driver’s license plate scanners, and closed-circuit television cameras) shall require 30 days prior notice to the public, a meaningful opportunity to comment, and the affirmative approval of the City Council.

 

  1. Militarized Equipment Purchases. Any purchase by CMPD or potentially gained through federal grant of military grade equipment (including but not limited to automatic assault rifles, body armor, mine resistant armored vehicles, grenades or similar explosives and grenade launchers) shall require prior 30 days’ notice to the public, a meaningful opportunity to comment, and the affirmative approval of the City Council.

 

  1. Mass arrests: Arrests of individuals engage in First Amendment protected activity must rely on articulable facts supporting probable cause to believe that that every individual subjected to arrest committed a criminal offense, beyond their presence in a particular location at a particular time. Arrests to pre-empt criminal activity are not authorized. Any individual arrested for failure to obey a time, place, or manner restriction must be allowed an opportunity to depart from the area.

 

  1. Condition of confinement during mass arrests: Individuals subjected to arrest for participation in First Amendment protected activity shall not be subjected to shackling absent a specific threat of violence, shall be allowed access to counsel within six hours, and shall be given a copy of any incident report relating to their arrest to use for exculpatory purposes.