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File #: 2020-0404    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 6/8/2020 In control: Committee on Public Safety Services
On agenda: 6/9/2020 Final action: 7/28/2020
Enactment date: 7/28/2020 Enactment #: 25
Effective date: 7/31/2020    
Title: Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title Two--Fiscal, Article V-Special Funds, to add a new Chapter, Chapter 237 - "STOP THE VIOLENCE FUND", to prioritize the prevention of violence and crime within communities and to create a budgetary obligation for the Fund. (Cablecast Public Hearing held 7/15/20 & Cablecast Post Agenda held 7/16/20)
Sponsors: Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, R. Daniel Lavelle
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
7/31/20202 Mayor Signed by the Mayor  Action details Meeting details
7/28/20202 City Council Passed FinallyPass Action details Meeting details
7/22/20202 Standing Committee AMENDED BY SUBSTITUTEPass Action details Meeting details
7/22/20202 Standing Committee Affirmatively Recommended as AmendedPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
7/16/20201 Post Agenda Post Agenda Held  Action details Meeting details Video Video
7/15/20201 Committee on Hearings Public Hearing Held  Action details Meeting details
6/17/20201 Standing Committee Held for Cablecast Public HearingPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
6/9/20201 City Council Read and referred  Action details Meeting details
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Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title Two--Fiscal, Article V-Special Funds, to add a new Chapter, Chapter 237 - "STOP THE VIOLENCE FUND", to prioritize the prevention of violence and crime within communities and to create a budgetary obligation for the Fund.
(Cablecast Public Hearing held 7/15/20 & Cablecast Post Agenda held 7/16/20)

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WHEREAS, in 2018, American Public Health Association stated that law enforcement violence is a public health issue; and,

WHEREAS, racial profiling by some police officers and the supporting system of structured racism results in disproportionate harm to the health of individuals and communities of color; and,

WHEREAS, the bias in the criminal justice system is staggering. African-Americans are nearly twice as likely to be pulled over than White Americans. African-Americans are more likely to be charged for drug crimes than White people even though White people use and sell drugs at similar rates; and,

WHEREAS, thirteen percent (13%) of the U.S. population is African-American, but 27% of those who are arrested are African-American. African-Americans are more likely to be detained before trial than White people, and nearly six times more likely to be incarcerated. African-Americans are more than three times more likely to be shot by the police than an unarmed White Americans; and,

WHEREAS, there are various evidence-based crime and violence prevention and intervention practices that are community-based; and,

WHEREAS, funding social services for mental health, domestic violence and homelessness, reduce crime and violence; and,

WHEREAS, the U.S. spends more than $100 billion dollars per year policing its cities and states. For many major cities, police department budgets make up a disproportionate amount of overall spending, even as other departments face steep cuts amid the coronavirus; and,

WHEREAS, on December 23, 2019, the Honorable William M. Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh,...

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