Julian Castro on Crime

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary


Police reform plan, to root out white supremacy

Beto O'ROURKE: We will call out the fact that we have a white supremacist in the White House and he poses a mortal threat to people of color all across this country.

CASTRO: I want to commend Beto for how well he has spoken to the passion and the frustration and the sadness after what happened in his hometown of El Paso. A few weeks ago, a shooter drove 10 hours inspired by this president to kill people who look like me and people who look like my family. White supremacy is a growing threat to this country, and we have to root it out. I'm proud that I put forward a plan to disarm hate. I'm also proud that I was the first to put forward a police reform plan. We need to root out racism, and I believe that we can do that, because that doesn't represent the vast majority of Americans who do have a good heart. They also need a leader to match that, and I will be a president that matches that.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston , Sep 12, 2019

We must do something about "toxic brew of white nationalism"

There is this very toxic brew of white nationalism that is arising. And I know that doesn't reflect by any means, by any means the vast, vast majority of Americans. We need to pay attention to this, and we need to do something about this. The FBI director has said that this is a particular problem right now in the United States.
Source: Meet the Press interview for Democratic 2020 Veepstakes , Aug 4, 2019

End qualified immunity to hold police officers accountable

Sen. Cory BOOKER: There are people right now in prison for life for drug offenses because of that "tough on crime" phony rhetoric that got a lot of people elected but destroyed communities like mine.

CASTRO: I agree with Senator Booker that a lot of what Vice President Biden helped author in 1994 [in the Crime Bill] was a mistake. But let me say, when we talk about criminal justice reform, there are a lot of things that we can talk about -- sentencing reform, cash bail reform, investing in public defenders, diversion programs. I'm proud that I'm the only candidate that has put forward a police reform plan, because we have a police system that is broken and we need to fix it. And whether it's the case of someone like Tamir Rice or Michael Brown or Eric Garner, we need to ensure we have a national use of force standard and that we end qualified immunity for police officers so that we can hold them accountable for using excessive force.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) , Jul 31, 2019

Remove from the streets police officers who kill civilians

Q: What about police reform?

CASTRO: A good example, the other day, of the Department of Justice not going after Officer Pantaleo. [On July 17, 2014, NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, arrested Eric Garner, who is black, for selling cigarettes; Garner died from Panataleo's chokehold -Ed.] He used a chokehold that was prohibited by NYPD. He did that for seven seconds. Eleven different times Eric Garner said that he couldn't breathe. He knew what he was doing, that he was killing Eric Garner, and yet he has not been brought to justice. That police officer should be off the street.

Q: Mayor de Blasio, why is that police officer still on the force?

DE BLASIO: The federal Justice Department told the city of New York that we could not proceed because the Justice Department was pursuing their prosecution. And years went by, [so the City will now prosecute].

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) , Jul 31, 2019

Eliminate private prisons

Julian Castro on Private Prisons: Eliminate them.

NINE CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Peter Buttigieg; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kamala Harris; Bernard Sanders; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson; Andrew Yang.

Many Democrats have called for ending or not renewing the federal government's contracts with private prison companies. Sen. Warren would leverage federal public safety funding to extend the ban to the state and local levels.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Abolish capital punishment

Julian Castro on Capital Punishment / Death Penalty: Abolish it.

13 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Peter Buttigieg; Bill de Blasio; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; John Hickenlooper; Amy Klobuchar; Beto O`Rourke; Bernard Sanders; Eric Swalwell; Elizabeth Warren; Andrew Yang.

Candidates who have called for abolishing capital punishment altogether say inmates sentenced to death should have their sentences commuted to life without parole.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

We must face police violence against minorities

When I announced I was running for President, I promised you that confronting and addressing police violence in communities of color would be one of my priorities. I stand by what I said that day: if police in Charleston can arrest [the white supremacist mass shooter there] after he murdered nine people at Bible study without hurting him, then don't tell me that Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Jones, Eric Garner Jason Pero, Stephon Clark and Sandra Bland shouldn't still be alive today.

I will work to ensure funding so that every officer who patrols our streets wears a body camera. I will target unconscious racial biases in policing and increasing accountability of law enforcement officials. This will include executive actions aimed at demanding immediate data collection on use of force by law enforcement, strengthening and increasing enforcement of federal protections against discriminatory policing, and directing increased resources to unconscious bias awareness trainings.

Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website JulianForTheFuture.com , Feb 8, 2019

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Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
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Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
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