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Julian Castro endorses four ‘People First Policing’ candidates looking to end police brutality

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When Julián Castro announced his bid for president heading into the 2020 election, he was the first candidate to have a firm plan focused on ending police brutality, putting reform at the center of his campaign.

Castro’s ‘People First Policing’ plan demands a federal response to the crisis at hand with the following goals:

  1. End over-aggressive policing and combat racially discriminatory policing
  2. Hold police accountable
  3. Start the healing process between communities and law enforcement.

Just last week Castro formed the People First Future PAC, for candidates whose campaigns are fighting for those who need a voice. The PAC currently has 17 candidates including Castro. Since launching his PAC, Castro has raised over $65,000 for groups on the ground in Minneapolis supporting those protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Now, Castro has announced the following endorsements for ‘People First Policing’ candidates committed to ending police violence:Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, 

  1. George Gascón, candidate for LA County District Attorney
  2. José Garza, candidate for Travis County, Texas, District Attorney
  3. Kim Foxx, State’s Attorney of Cook County, Illinois. 

Each of the candidates have a demonstrated history of advocating for legislation which Castro says fights, “for reform to our broken criminal justice system.”

Realizing Reform

On June 7, Julián Castro addressed protests in San Antonio, standing before the crowd speaking out against police violence. He emphasized the importance of showing-up to vote in November, where the decision is between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I said throughout my campaign that police violence wasn’t a case of a few bad apples—the system itself is broken,” he tweeted.

Biden recently asked Castro to help his campaign tackle police reforms. Castro officially endorsed Biden last week saying, “I’m proud to support him, and I look forward to seeing these reforms become law, so that what happened to George Floyd Never happens again.”

Even if he has not officially been running a presidential campaign in months, Castro’s continuous pushes for political action are in the slow process of being realized.

House Democrats on Monday introduced extensive legislation to reform the United States police system, which Castro says largely adopts his long-standing policies.

Still, he doesn’t take all the credit. Before the bill was unveiled, Castro tweeted,  “The ideas put forward in my policing plan—ending qualified immunity, a database of officer misconduct, a national use of force standard—were the product of years of work by Black organizers.”

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