Dr. Mic would sponsor bills and work to enact laws that places the responsibility squarely on Law Enforcement leadership, to include the Police Chief, Commanders, and others to end corruption in their departments. Their tenure in leadership would be predicated upon their ability to move their departments away from police brutality, use of inappropriate excessive force, and other measures that serve to undermine the public trust of our city and individual communities. In addition, prior to selection of our Police Chief, there must be an opportunity for vetting by community forum.
Dr. Mic will sponsor bills and work to enact laws that call for more surveillance cameras to be strategically placed in our city so that we get a handle on the crime as it happens in real-time, especially in the "blind spots" of the city. Dr. Mic will also advocate for more plain-clothed law enforcement walking the beat, and more unmarked cars in areas where most crime happens. Dr. Mic believes we have to equip our law enforcement with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform their jobs effectively. In addition, Dr. Mic advocates for the employment of de-escalation tactics first in volatile encounters with a would- be suspect, employing deadly force only as a last resort in a life or death situation.
It is incumbent upon all of us to reduce the violence that permeates our communities. Countless deaths happen every day in our communities, and much of it goes unreported. Dr. Mic will sponsor bills and work to enact laws that focus on the reduction of violence in our communities, including: development of a DC 911 smart phone app, where one can seek help if they believe they are in immediate danger; development of a Tipster DC app, where a person can leave an anonymous or confldential "tip" about an assailant; and Dr. Mic will keep our gun buy back program consistently operational. Dr. Mic will also work to repeal portions of the Home Rule Act so that DC may impose stiffer penalties for both youth and adult perpetrators of violent crimes here in the District.
While many may believe that the presence of law enforcement should be minimized in our city, Dr. Mic believes that some areas in DC would benefit by having less law enforcement presence while other areas in DC especially areas east of the Anacostia would benefit from having more police presence. Therefore he advocates for a re-distribution of law enforcement to areas where the need is greatest. In addition, Dr. Mic advocates for law enforcement officers placed in communities, especially communities of color, reflect the racial, cultural, and ethnic background of the community.
Dr. Mic will work to sponsor bills and enact laws and policies that requires law enforcement to attend periodic training and education sessions that keeps police officers well trained for their jobs and makes them "mission ready" at all times.
Dr. Mic will work to sponsor bills and enact laws and policies that calls out and severely punishes bad cops. Policies, such as independent investigations, psychological evaluations for fitness for duty, taking cops under investigations off the streets, instant demotion (depending on the severity of the alleged offense), mandatory suspension without pay (depending on the severity of the alleged offense), and ability of the Mayor to immediately terminate law enforcement when egregious acts are committed, are some of the proposals Dr. Mic would introduce through legislation.
Dr. Mic would work to bring legislation that incentivizes good cops. While we do have some bad actors, we also have law enforcement officers that are very good to and for DC. Remember "Officer Friendly"? Many of our law enforcement officers can't afford to live in DC considering the current housing costs in the District. Dr. Mic will work to provide housing incentives, including the development of affordable luxury communities for law enforcement ("good cops") and other government workers who wish to live in DC.
In the wake of protests over Police Brutality, we have to remember that all cops are not bad cops. We have to remember that we have great members of Law Enforcement. Dr. Mic will sponsor rallies between law enforcement and the community so that we may disarm hostility and set the course towards positive law enforcement- community engagement and relationships.
Dr. Mic will work to enact laws that require Police Union Negotiations and Contract Negotiations to be directly negotiated by City Council. While Dr. Mic supports working with unions, he also believes that police union negotiations and contract ratification can only succeed where law enforcement is held to the highest of public trust.
Currently, under the Home Rule Act, the Attorney General of the District of Columbia does not have the power to prosecute felons. Dr. Mic will work with our DC Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives to overturn these provisions and thereby give the Attorney General independent authority to prosecute all felonies committed in the District of Columbia, including the felonies committed by bad cops.
Dr. Mic will advocate for the widening of streets so that DC motorists and bicyclists can share the road, and where the safety of all.
Dr. Mic will advocate for the creation of more subway and bus routes to currently less accessible parts of the city. In addition, Dr. Mic advocates for for small commuter buses with routes on smaller DC streets to take passengers to main bus and subway terminals. In addition, Dr. Mic advocates for more substantial use of public water taxis as an effective mode of transportation to get around the district. Dr. Mic will create legistation and work to enact laws and enforcement measures for stiffer penalties for motorists engaged in Hit and Run Motor vehicle accidents with pedestrians; stiffer penalties especially for drivers who leave the scene before law enforcement has arrived on the scene.