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Substance Abuse and Psychological Testing of Police Officers

WHEREAS, if a bus or train driver had an accident, one of the first steps in the investigation of the accident requires the driver to undergo a substance abuse test; and

WHEREAS, despite the adoption of racial profiling laws, there is still an alarming number of police shootings of African Americans within the African American communities; and

WHEREAS, police departments do get federal funding for their operations.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the federal government should exercise some power in setting guidelines for the police departments to follow; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP support federal legislation which requires any police officer who discharges a gun or uses excessive force while on duty to undergo substance abuse and psychological testing.

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