The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation anguished and outraged.

More than 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America, and Black people are three times more likely to be killed than White people. We can take steps and make reforms to combat police violence and systemic racism within law enforcement. Together, we can work to redefine public safety so that it recognizes the humanity and dignity of every person.

Mayors and other City Council officials are uniquely positioned to introduce common-sense limits on police use of force. That’s why the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is calling on mayors to commit to the following actions:

1. REVIEW your police use of force policies.
2. ENGAGE your communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in your review.
3. REPORT the findings of your review to your community and seek feedback.
4. REFORM your community’s police use of force policies.

Everyone can support this effort—and we hope that individuals across the country will take action to urge their mayors to take these steps for change.

If you are a community member, you can take action by visiting The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

MAYORS: TAKE THE PLEDGE

See the communities who took the pledge below. We will release a 90-day update in the fall listing cities that have responded and progress underway.

Workshops

We are committed to supporting mayors and their teams through a series of workshops, focused on providing educational tools and analysis on the spectrum of policing and public safety options, alternative public safety models, and community-centered review processes.

Each workshop is supplemented with curated resource materials, information on organizations that can provide additional support, and an opportunity to engage in deeper discussions with local and national experts. We host these sessions with our partners, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Cities United.

 

First Steps: Police Accountability and Reforms ➤

Understanding problems in policing, a range of potential reforms to address them, and common challenges in between.

Community-Centered Innovations in Public Safety ➤

Exploring the wide range of policing and public safety options tested around the country.

How to Create a Representative and Open Public Review Process ➤

Creating opportunities for activists and elected officials to engage in authentic conversation.

Insights from Black Law Enforcement Leaders on the Future of Policing ➤

Unique perspectives on the historic protests and calls for police reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

PLEDGED CITIES

Cities listed below signed onto the Reimagining Policing Pledge, which was formed to drive communities to engage in a public review of its policing policies and result in potential reform. The following list of pledged cities is for informational purposes, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, favoring, or partnership by the Obama Foundation.

This listing will be updated on a rolling basis. If your municipality is listed in error or your municipality is not listed here and your mayor has taken the pledge—please let us know at [email protected].

Akron, OH
Albion, MI
Athens, OH
Aurora, IL
Belleville, MI
Bexley, OH
Bloomington, IL
Brooklyn Park, MN
Calumet City, IL
Canton, OH
Champaign, IL
Chaska, MN
Chicago, IL
Chillicothe, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Clayton, MO
Cleveland Heights, OH
Columbus, OH
Dayton, OH
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Duluth, MN
East Grand Rapids, MI
Evanston, IL
Fitchburg, WI
Gary, IN
Grand Rapids, MI
Grandville, MI
Green Bay, WI
Independence, MO
Indian Head Park, IL
Iowa City, IA
Kankakee, IL
Kenosha, WI
La Crosse, WI
Lansing, MI
Lawrence, KS
Lincoln, NE
Madison, WI
Maywood, IL
Milan, MI
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Monona, WI
Muskegon, MI
Northville, MI
Oak Park, IL
Ottumwa, IA
Park Ridge, IL
Pittsfield, MI
Redford Township, MI
Richmond Heights, MO
Rochester, MN
Rockford, IL
Roeland Park, KS
Royal Oak, MI
Shaker Heights, OH
Skokie, IL
South Euclid, OH
Springfield, IL
St. Louis County, MO
St. Louis, MO
Sterling Heights, MI
Streamwood, IL
Toledo, OH
University Heights, OH
Urbana, IL
Urbandale, IA
Van Buren Township, MI
Viroqua, WI
Warren, OH
Washtenaw County, MI
Waverly, IA
West Des Moines, IA
Yellow Springs, OH
Youngstown, OH
Albany, NY
Baltimore County, MD
Baltimore, MD
Barre, VT
Barrington, RI
Berwyn Heights, MD
Bethlehem, PA
Beverly, MA
Binghamton, NY
Bloomfield, NJ
Borough of Bogota County of Bergen, NJ
Borough of Dormont, PA
Borough of Freehold, NJ
Borough of Watchung, NJ
Borough of Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Boston, MA
Bridgeport, CT
Bridgeton, NJ
Brockton, MA
Cambridge, MA
Central Falls, RI
Cheverly, Maryland
Dumont, NJ
East Brunswick, NJ
East Hartford, CT
Easthampton, MA
Fairfield, CT
Franklin Township, NJ
Gloucester, MA
Greenbelt, MD
Greenfield, MA
Hackensack, NJ
Haledon, NJ
Hartford, CT
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Highland Park, NJ
Hoboken, NJ
Holyoke, MA
Irvington, NY
Jersey City, NJ
Laurel, MD
Long Branch, NJ
Lynn, MA
Malden, MA
Malvern, PA
Manchester, NH
Maplewood, NJ
Medford, MA
Melrose, MA
Metuchen, NJ
Montgomery Township, NJ
Morrisville Borough, PA
Mount Rainier, MD
Mount Vernon, NY
Newark, NJ
New Bedford, MA
New Haven, CT
New Rochelle, NY
New York, NY
Newton, MA
North Brunswick, NJ
Northampton, MA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Providence, RI
Rahway, NJ
Red Bank, NJ
Rochester, NY
Rockville, MD
Round Lake, NY
Sag Harbor, NY
Salem, MA
Salisbury, MD
Somerville, MA
Springfield, MA
Township of Teaneck, NJ
Trenton, NJ
University Park, MD
Upper Darby, PA
Washington, DC
West Chester, PA
West Hartford, CT
West Springfield, MA
Westbrook, ME
Williamsport, PA
Willingboro, NJ
Winooski, VT
Albemarle, NC
Alexandria, VA
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baton Rouge, LA
Birmingham, AL
Broward County, FL
Cary, NC
Chapel Hill, NC
Chattanooga, TN
Chester, SC
Clementon, NJ
Columbia, SC
Dallas, TX
Daytona Beach, FL
Denton, TX
Doraville, GA
Doylestown Township, PA
Dumfries, VA
Durham, NC
Falls Church, VA
Fayetteville, NC
Forest Park, GA
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Greensboro, NC
Groveland, FL
Holly Hill, SC
Houston, TX
Key Biscayne, FL
Knoxville, TN
Lancaster, TX
Louisville, KY
Memphis, TN
Miami Shores, FL
Missouri City, TX
Monroe, NC
Morrilton, AR
Nashville, TN
Norman, OK
North Miami, FL
Orlando, FL
Parkland, FL
Pompano Beach, FL
Port Arthur, TX
Port St. Lucie, FL
Raleigh, NC
Richmond, VA
San Antonio, TX
Sarasota, FL
Savannah, GA
South Bay, FL
South Fulton, GA
Tallahassee, FL
Tamarac, FL
Tampa, FL
Vienna, VA
Winchester, VA
Winston-Salem, NC
Agoura Hills, CA
Alameda, CA
Albany, CA
Albuquerque, NM
Anchorage, AK
Baker City, OR
Beaverton, OR
Berkeley, CA
Berthoud, CO
Boulder, CO
Burlingame, CA
Calistoga, CA
Camas, WA
Campbell, CA
Cannon Beach, OR
Carbondale, CO
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Chico, CA
Cloverdale, CA
Compton, CA
Cotati, CA
Culver City, CA
Cupertino, CA
Del Rey Oaks, CA
Denver, CO
Duvall, WA
East Palo Alto, CA
Edgewater, CO
Encinitas, CA
Englewood, CO
Eugene, OR
Everett, WA
Fairfax, CA
Fontana, CA
Foster City, CA
Forest Grove, OR
Fountain Hills, AZ
Fremont, CA
Gearhart, OR
Gonzales, CA
Gresham, OR
Hayward, CA
Healdsburg, CA
Hermosa Beach, CA
Hood River, OR
Imperial Beach, CA
Issaquah, WA
Jackson, WY
Kirkland, WA
La Mesa, CA
Lacey, WA
Lakewood, CA
Langley, WA
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Altos, CA
Los Gatos, CA
Louisville, CO
Merced, CA
Mercer Island, WA
Mill Valley, CA
Milpitas, CA
Milwaukie, OR
Moab, UT
Monterey, CA
Mountain View, CA
Napa, CA
Northglenn, CO
Oakland, CA
Pacific Grove, CA
Palm Springs, CA
Palo Alto, CA
Pasadena, CA
Petaluma, CA
Portland, OR
Redmond, WA
Redondo Beach, CA
Redwood City, CA
Reno, NV
Richmond, CA
Rohnert Park, CA
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Carlos, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
San Rafael, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Seaside, CA
Severance, CO
Sierra Madre, CA
Signal Hill, CA
South Salt Lake City, UT
Spring Lake, NC
St. Helena, CA
Stockton, CA
Suisun City, CA
Sunnyvale, CA
Tacoma, WA
Truckee, CA
Tualatin, OR
Union City, CA
Washougal, WA
West Hollywood, CA
Windsor, CA
Woodburn, OR
Woodinville, WA

 

IN THE NEWS

The content below reflects action from pledge cities in the news but is not our comprehensive status update. The full Reimagining Policing Pledge update will be released in November.

 

Visit our Anguish and Action Resource page to learn more about police violence and systemic racism, and ways to encourage reform, from impactful local and national organizations.

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