Stop Police Terror Project-DC is an organization in the Washington D.C. area committed to changing the system of racist, militarized policing in our region. We work to oppose police abuses and also to build community-led peacekeeping efforts to empower oppressed communities to deal with their own security concerns.
The Stop Police Terror Project-DC is a product of the broad upsurge against racism and violence in policing now known to some as the “Black Lives Matter Movement” and to others as the “Movement for Black Lives.” We are the successor organization to the DCFerguson Movement, a grassroots project created two weeks after Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri.
DCFerguson led dozens of marches over the six months following that tragic incident mobilizing thousands of people and highlighting that the issues contained in Ferguson also existed in Washington, D.C.
DCFerguson was instrumental in exposing the Metropolitan Police Department’s souped up version of Stop-and-Frisk known as “jump-outs” and additionally highlighted a number of instances of police murders in Washington for which no justice had ever taken place.
The Stop Police Terror Project-DC formed from a recognition that the depth and breadth of the work went beyond simply the initial moment, but the need to institutionalize our efforts to root out the systemic racism and brutality in the Metropolitan Police Department and to educate and advocate for non-police approaches to keep our communities safe.
Our work has been central to passing legislation to this effect, but also elevating the serious issues of bias, brutality and misconduct that need to be addressed in our local criminal-legal system.
We stand on these basic principles:
- Militarized Policing must end immediately.
- Communities should be empowered to secure themselves.
- As long as the police are an institution, there must be clear accountability mechanisms in the hands of the people.
- The issue of militarized policing and mass incarceration are military solutions to the social problems in oppressed communities, which is a form of social control. As such critiquing capitalism is a necessary part of our movement.
- We are opposed to patriarchy and all racism, bigotry, homophobia and transphobia.
- Our movement is broad and unity is important. We believe in exploring with all who wish to partner the issue of limited unity around police terror but our basic point of unity with all forces is a forthright recognition of the importance of LGBTQ and Women freedom fighters to at all times be respected and safe.