Dear [Name of Mayor / City Chief of Police],
My name is [Name] and I am a registered voter in [City, State]. I am writing to you today to ask what you are doing, as the [Position / Title], to ensure that your officers are not abusing their power and are held accountable for their actions.
After witnessing the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, I am left feeling outraged, frustrated, and hurt. The system has failed yet another black man and we are anxiously waiting to see if the officers responsible for his death will face consequences.
As a [resident of your city], I want to make sure that my local police department is taking the necessary preventative measures to ensure that incidents like this will not occur in the future. So I ask:
Statistics have indicated that by enforcing these policies, there is a significant decrease in civilian complaints and injury due to excessive force. If any of the policies are not currently in place, then what is being done to ensure that they are going to be enforced in the near future? What can I do, as a concerned citizen, to set these policies in motion?
I also want to increase the level of trust between the police department and the community. To establish trust, there has to be transparency. I would like to see the [City Police Department] collect and report data on civilian deaths that occurred in custody and as a result of an officer’s use of excessive force. The data should be broken down by demographics and should showcase the race, gender, sexuality, and religion of the civilians. Allowing the public access to this information will show us where we, as a community, fall short.
Thank you for your time and I hope that we can work together to protect the [City] community. I refuse to let the next hashtag come from here.
Mayor: Sylvester Turner
Phone #: 713.837.0311
Address: P.O. Box 1562 Houston, TX 77251
Chief of Police: Art Acevedo
Phone #: (713) 884-3131
Address: 1200 Travis St. Houston, TX 77002
Mayor Pro-Tem: Dave Martin
Phone #: 832.393.3008
Address: City Hall Annex 900 Bagby, First Floor Houston, TX 77002
Chief of Police: Bob Klett
Police department Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone #: 512-753-2108
Mayor: Eric Johnson
Phone #: 214.670.330
Address: 1500 Marilla St.Suite 5ENDallas, Texas 75201
Chief of Police: Renee Hall
Phone #: (214) 671-3901
Address: 1400 S. Lamar St.Dallas, TX 75215
Mayor: Ron Nirenberg
Phone #: (210) 988-2369
Mayor: Steve Adler
Phone #: 512-978-2100
Email Link: https://www.austintexas.gov/email/steveadler
Link to Contact Information of the entire Mayor’s Staff / Office: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/mayors-office-contact-information
Chief of Police: Brian Manley
phone #: (512) 974-5030