The Ravens released a detailed plan Thursday for changing how police work is done in Baltimore and across the country.
They laid out their wish list of reforms in a tweet thread, joining advocates and lawmakers who have been pushing for similar measures.
Statement from the Baltimore Ravens: pic.twitter.com/Q8kOzQ8qAZ— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 27, 2020
The team called for the arrests of the officers who killed Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., last March and the officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday. It also instructed citizens to "act with respect and compliance when engaging with the police."
"With yet another example of racial discrimination with the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the unlawful abuse of peaceful protesters, we MUST unify as a society." (Emphasis the team's.) "It is imperative that all people — regardless of race, religion, creed or belief — come together to say, 'Enough is enough!'" the Ravens said in the opening of their statement.
One of the reforms the Ravens proposed was an end to no-knock warrants. The officers who killed Taylor did not announce they were entering her residence before they began breaking down the front door. They were searching for Jamarcus Glover, a former boyfriend of Taylor's, who was a suspect in a narcotics case.
Glover was not at the residence. Taylor was in bed with her boyfriend at the time, Kenneth Walker. According to CNN, Walker told investigators he thought Glover was trying to break into the residence. He fired a shot at police after they had broken through the door. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding Taylor.
Another proposed change was an end to qualfied immunity, a legal doctrine that, in relation to police, shields officers from legal liability (i.e., lawsuits) if they use excessive force. The doctrine received greater attention last May after an officer in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against the neck of George Floyd and kept it there for almost eight minutes. Floyd later died in police custody. The incident sparked demonstrations and violence in multiple U.S. cities that are going on their fourth month.