In a virtual forum in the wake of protests following George Floyd's death, former President Barack Obama urged communities to try to change their use of force policies from within.
"What can we do? Number one, we know there are specific evidence-based reforms that if we put in place today, would build trust, save lives, would not show an increase in crime. Those are included in the 21st century policing task force report," he said. "Number two, a lot of mayors and local elected officials read and supported the task force report. But then there wasn't enough follow-through."
"Today I'm urging every mayor in this country to review your use of force policies with members of your community and commit to report on planned reforms," he said.