Memphis Council Candidate Questionnaire: Cat Allen’s Answers

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Cat Allen

 

1. If elected or re-elected to the city council, will you propose programs and/or initiatives to limit the number of arrests for minor offenses in the city?

Allen:

Yes

 

 

2. If elected or re-elected to the city council, will you support a pre-booking diversion program for drug-related offenses and for those suffering from mental health issues?

Allen:

Yes

3. If elected or re-elected to the city council, will you support a policy to require transparency and democratic accountability before city agencies acquire new surveillance tools?

Allen:

Yes

4. If elected or re-elected to the city council will you work to make stop and arrest data, including race and ethnicity data, available to the public quarterly?

Allen:

Yes

5. If elected or re-elected to the city council what will you do to ensure a timely, transparent and independent investigation whenever an officer uses deadly force?

Allen:

Work with the Mayor, who is directly responsible for the Memphis Police Department, to ensure all measures are being taken by Internal Affairs to investigate expeditiously and to whatever level of transparency is appropriate. Work across offices with colleagues in the County to ensure the District Attorney’s office is treating the matter with the seriousness it deserves. Demand an action plan from the Memphis Police Department on next steps. Finally, refuse to pass a budget for Public Safety if it does not include deescalation training, trauma-informed counseling, and implicit bias training.

6. Name 3 steps you would take as a council member to make the Community Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) more effective.

Allen:

Subpoena power.
Amend the existing ordinance so that the Mayor is not the only one allowed to appoint members to CLERB.
Ensure there is appropriate community education and outreach about CLERB and how to file a complaint against police.

7. Would you support policies, programs or initiatives to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline?

Allen:

Yes

8. What does criminal justice reform mean to you?

Allen:

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2019-09-12T16:37:54-05:00 September 12th, 2019|Categories: General News|