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August 11, 2016                                                                                                                           

Release: 21CP consultant leads session on Illinois’ model reform bill

Lawmakers strategize about body cameras and community policing

CHICAGO – Sean Smoot, a principal consultant with 21CP Solutions LLC, yesterday participated in a roundtable discussion on state implementation of recommendations made by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  The strategy session was held during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ conference in Chicago and included more than twenty lawmakers from across the nation.

As the nation continues to seek solutions to heal some of the fractures between police and communities, it’s clear that lawmakers are positioning themselves to be part of the solution in every state.

Hosted by Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell and moderated by White House Office of Urban Affairs Director, Roy Austin Jr., the event focused on Illinois’ first in the nation status as the state leading the way on legislative solutions for police reform. 

During the event, Sean Smoot and reform bill sponsor, Illinois State Rep. Elgie Sims led the discussion on how Illinois was able to negotiate and pass Senate Bill 1304 – a police reform bill that can now serve as a model for other states.  

Senate Bill 1304 was a comprehensive package of legislation on law enforcement use of body worn cameras and improving community relations. The successful passage of the bill was the result of inclusive negotiations with law enforcement departments, labor, civil liberties organizations and equipment manufacturers.

“Today’s discussion about community policing and body camera policy clearly demonstrates that there is a desire for more discussions on model legislation, best practices and legislative solutions,” said Smoot.  “I look forward to working with law enforcement professionals and lawmakers across the country who are moving toward implementation and following our lead in Illinois.”

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Charles Ramsey, principal consultant, delivers remarks to the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Veteran police leader Chuck Ramsey, a principal consultant for 21CP Solutions LLC, made a nationally televised speech about the need for a major initiative to rebuild frayed relations between American communities and police officers. Ramsey was a co-chair of the presidential task force on policing and has formed 21CP Solutions LLC to help create the national resources to take on this challenge.

Ramsey is joined by nationally recognized training and labor attorney Sean Smoot, retired Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor and an impressive list of associate consultants from around the country. Together, 21CP Solutions LLC will work with local enforcement agencies, CNA, a non-profit research organization and the U.S. Department of Justice to assist state, local and tribal police to implement effective community policing strategies and best practices in the use of force.

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Charles Ramsey

Democratic National Convention
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

“When I was Philadelphia Police Commissioner, we mourned eight officers killed in the line of duty. After the attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, an entire nation mourned eight more. After 47 years in law enforcement – in Chicago, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia – I’ve mourned far too many officers killed by guns. And as a nation, we’ve mourned far too many people who have fallen victim to gun violence.

I’m here to say we need more than grieving. To protect our law enforcement and to serve those heroes who have fallen, we need commonsense measures to reduce gun violence. Police need these commonsense measures. And a leader who will fight for them.

I grew up in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The haze of gun violence hangs heavy there. My brother’s best friend was murdered 50 feet from our house. He had refused to join a gang. A few years later, a Chicago police officer was shot dead in almost the same spot. He had been filling out a report in his patrol car.

Gun violence isn’t unique to Englewood. It continues to visit neighborhoods across the U.S. During my years in policing, I’ve seen the crime scenes. I’ve seen the grieving families. I’ve seen the costs of gun violence. Now more than ever, we need a strong and steady leader to stop the bloodshed, protect our officers from being outgunned by weapons of war, and rebuild the bonds between police and communities. That’s why I’m with Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is the strong leader to protect our cops and communities from gun violence. She has stood with our first responders when we needed her most. In the days after September 11th. In making sure they got the benefits they had earned. And today, she supports comprehensive background checks and the assault weapons ban. Those who aim to do harm shouldn’t get a handgun, let alone an assault rifle.

Hillary Clinton is the steady leader to shepherd us through this critical time. The bonds between law enforcement and communities are frayed. We can’t play to America’s worst fears. We need to champion our greatest hopes.

Hillary will. She’ll bring police and communities closer together. She’ll support those who feel forgotten in challenged areas like the South Side of Chicago, Southeast DC, and North Philadelphia. And she’ll support dedicated police officers working to improve their communities. Important as ever, Hillary Clinton will build bridges between communities and cops. That’s better than building walls.

Hillary Clinton is the right person to become the 45th President of the United States of America. She will work to strengthen bonds of trust between police and the communities they serve. That’s why she has my vote.

May God bless all of you, may God bless all the men and women of law enforcement, and may God bless America.”

Videos




Articles

2016

Should Police Wear Body Cameras? Sean Smoot Responds.

October 5, 2016

https://wallethub.com/blog/should-police-wear-body-cameras/25343/#sean-m-smoot

Philadelphia magazine

‎July 27, 2016‎

Ramsey at DNC: Clinton Will Build Bridges Between Cops, Communities


ABC Philadelphia

July 27, 2016

Former Commissioner Charles Ramsey talks police-community relations at DNC


CBS Philadelphia

July 27, 2016

Former Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey Back In Town To Address DNC


NBC Philadelphia

July 27, 2016

Ramsey Calls for Gun Violence Measures in DNC Appearance

Philly.com

July 27, 2016

Philly’s former top cop: Clinton the ‘strong steady leader’ needed to address gun violence

Capital Public Radio – NPR

July 18, 2016

The Pulse: Ramsey still speaks out on police matters


State Journal Register

July 16, 2016

Bernard Schoenburg: National police task force member Smoot talks with Clinton


Philly.com-The Inquirer

July 11, 2016

Ex-Philly police chief Charles Ramsey: U.S. is ‘sitting on a powder keg’


NBC News – Meet the Press

July 10, 2016

Meet the Press – Charles Ramsey


National Public Radio

July 8, 2016

Obama Task Force Leader Calls For New Action To Stop Police Shooting

Cleveland.com

June 3, 2016

Cleveland consent decree monitors say police now see the benefit of reform

 

Cincinnati.com-USA Today Network

February 16, 2016

Ramsey and Smoot on Cleveland Police Monitoring Team


2015


Governing- Tribune News Service

March 3, 2015

Obama’s Policing Task Force Releases Recommendations


2014


St. Louis Post Dispatch

December 24, 2014

Trust, safety and 21st century policing


National Public Radio

December 1, 2014

White House To Launch Task Force On ’21st Century Policing