The single, most important action we can take to eliminate police brutality and murder is to decriminalize non-violent misdemeanor offenses.

I drafted a bill I call, “The Duante Wright Act” (in deference to the horrific, needless killing of Duante Wright) which would decriminalize all non-violent misdemeanor offenses. If a person fails to appear for a misdemeanor court date, then that person’s driver’s license is suspended until the absentee shows up to court to resolve their misdemeanor case.

The great majority of police excessive force complaints would have never occurred had all non-violent misdemeanor offenses been decriminalized. I cannot emphasize this enough.

The math reflects the reality of the situation:

*15 million arrests a year;

*80% or more of those 15 million arrests are misdemeanor arrests;

*decriminalizing all non-violent misdemeanor offenses would in fact categorically eliminate 75-80% of all 15 million arrests made in America each year;

*would categorically and literally eliminate the great majority of ALL POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER currently going unchecked.

I was the victim of extreme police brutality and I have spent a long time thinking about these issues.

This is why I believe “The Duante Wright Act” could and should be the single best, fastest and most direct route towards ending police brutality and murder in America.

A majority of 911 calls DO NOT REQUIRE dispatching armed, uniformed officers. The great majority of 911 calls are non-violent, non-emergency issues, medical assistance issues, non-violent domestic issues.

Police Data shows that of more than 15 million arrests made every year, the bulk are for noncriminal behavior, drug violations, and low-level offenses.

If we eliminate non-violent misdemeanor arrests, we categorically eliminate the great majority of police brutality/murder cases.

Did you know the nationwide average for felony arrest per officer is approx. one felony arrest per year?

Most of the arrests an officer makes annually and in his or her career are misdemeanor arrests.

We are spending about $150 billion a year on 800,000 police officers to make about 15 million arrests (mostly misdemeanor crimes and traffic infractions) which comes to about $15,000 per arrest.

Felony arrests per officer are far less frequent than most people realize: eliminate all non-violent misdemeanors from arrest and you just eliminated the great majority of all police brutality/murder cases.

The Scale of Misdemeanor Justice: “The first notable fact the data reveal is no surprise: the volume of misdemeanor cases is very high. By the NCSC’s accounting, misdemeanor cases represent approximately three-quarters of the criminal justice cases processed in the United States.”

Instead of an officer arresting you for a non-violent misdemeanor offense, the officer issues you a citation with a court date. Then, if and when one fails to appear in court on a misdemeanor case, your driver’s license is suspended – you’re unable to renew until you go to court and clear up your misdemeanor case.

This federal law would eliminate the possibility of police brutality and murder during non-violent misdemeanor events/arrests.