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Activists In Chicago Protest Police Brutality In Death Of George Floyd

Demonstrators protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd on Saturday May 30, 2020 in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Christopher Dilts/Sipa USA)

Reimagine Policing

The Reimagining Policing Pledge is a call for mayors and local officials to review and reform use of force policies, redefine public safety, and combat systemic racism within law enforcement.

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.

Local elected 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 local officials to commit to the following actions:

1. Review. Cities will review their police use-of-force policies and/or ways to redefine public safety and combat systemic racism within law enforcement.

2. Engage. Cities will engage with their communities and include diverse input, experiences, and stories in the process.

3. Report. After the review, cities will share the findings with their community and seek feedback.

4. Reform. Cities will change their use-of-force policies and strategize ways to redefine public safety and combat systemic racism within law enforcement.

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

If you are a community member, use your voice. Keep your commitment to change and justice and continue calling for truth-telling and accountability.  Click here to review resources that we compiled to help you on your journey.

President Obama talks with students and law enforcement officials about community relations and programs that build trust between youth and the police in Camden, N.J.
Activists In Chicago Protest Police Brutality In Death Of George Floyd

Demonstrators protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd on Saturday June 01, 2020 in Chicago, IL.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to press pool.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to press pool after a meeting with members of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 2, 2015. (Official White House by Chuck Kennedy)

Activists In Chicago Protest Police Brutality In Death Of George Floyd

Demonstrators protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd on Saturday June 01, 2020 in Chicago, IL.

MBK Alliance Town Hall Series: Reimagining Policing: Spotlighting Reforms and Progress

On March 4th, The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance hosted Orlando, FL, Mayor Buddy Dyer; Ithaca, NY, Mayor Svante Myrick; Eugene, OR, Mayor Lucy Vinis and members of their local communities, in a conversation moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist, attorney, and co-host of ABC’s “The View” Sunny Hostin, to highlight progress made in communities across the country and the work that remains to build communities that are more safe and just for everyone.  Click here to learn more about this workshop.

Reimaging Policing

Over 300 communities—representing 13+ million Black people and including all of the 10 most populous U.S. cities—took our pledge to Reimagine Policing. This report shares highlights and next steps in building on that momentum.  Get informed, get inspired, and take action today.

Take the Pledge

See the communities who took the pledge below. See the communities who took the pledge below. We will release an update of the cities that have responded and progress underway.


We are committed to supporting local officials 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 (Opens in a new tab) and  Cities United (Opens in a new tab).

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First Steps: Police Accountability and Reforms

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

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Community-Centered Innovations in Public Safety

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

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How to Create a Representative and Open Public Review Process

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

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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.

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Data in Policing: Collection, Transparency, and Civil Liberties

Perspectives on best practices, tools, and opportunities for leveraging data, while ensuring the civil liberties of historically marginalized groups.

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The Future of Public Safety

New approaches and resources to create policing practices that ensure equal justice for everyone.

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Reimagining Policing in the Face of White Supremacy

A frank conversation about the reality of reimagining policing as white supremacy and white supremacist violence have grown in the United States.

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Money for Change: Resources for Reform

A special presentation on federal resources for reform efforts.

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Spotlighting Reforms and Progress

This town hall—in conjunction with the release of our new report— highlights the progress made in communities across the country and the work that remains to build communities that are more safe and just for everyone.

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Alternatives to Arrest

In this conversation, we discussed how participants can develop diversion programs in their communities.

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Pledged Communities

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 communities 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 local official has taken the pledge—please let us know at  [email protected] (Opens in a new tab).


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

Ithaca, 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

Phoenix, AZ

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 Diego, 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

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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