ACRE
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#PoliceBrutalityBonds

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Wall Street is profiting from police brutality.

Yes, you read that correctly: Wall Street banks and investors can make money when racist cops kill Black folks. Our new report, Police Brutality Bonds: How Wall Street Profits from Police Violence, exposes this grotesque practice in 12 cities and counties across the country.

The ACRE research team has spent the last year uncovering just how deep some cities go into debt just to pay a fraction of the cost of police abuse, harassment and deadly shootings. Now we are releasing this report and would love your support sharing amplifying on social media. Check out the sample tweets and Facebook posts below.

We are also hosting a Twitter chat on June 27th, to dive deeper in the report and the impact of Police Brutality Bonds on communities of color. If your organization is interested in joining that Twitter conversation please email angela@acrecampaigns.org for more information.

Key Hashtags & Handles:

  • #PoliceBrutalityBonds
  • @ACREcampaigns

 

Sample Facebook Posts:

When cities borrow to pay expensive settlements instead of dealing with the root cause of police violence, communities of color pay the real cost. Check out @ACREcampaigns report Police Brutality Bonds: How Wall Street Profits from Police Violence. #policebrutalitybonds

This new report exposes how the use of bonds to pay for settlements and judgments from incidents of police brutality greatly increase the burden of policing costs on taxpayers, while making money for big banks and investors.  https://www.acrecampaigns.org/pbb  #policebrutalitybonds  

Struggling cities choose to pay back #policebrutalitybonds over funding public services like schools and mental healthcare. That means big banks like Wells Fargo that issue these bonds see their profits boom while city residents continue to suffer because of police violence. Check out @ACREcampaigns report Police Brutality Bonds: How Wall Street Profits from Police Violence

 

Sample Tweets:

As the costs of police misconduct rise, cities and counties across the United States are going into debt to pay for it. Check out @ACREcampaigns report exposing

Struggling cities choose to pay back #policebrutalitybonds over funding public services like schools and mental healthcare. For more, check out @ACREcampaigns report Police Brutality Bonds: How Wall Street Profits from Police Violence

Since 2008, Milwaukee has authorized about $26.1 million in borrowing to pay for police settlements and judgments. This report on #PoliceBrutalityBonds reveals the costly borrowing practices in 12 cities paying back settlements in cases of police violence.

Check out @ACREcampaigns report Police Brutality Bonds: How Wall Street Profits from Police Violence. #policebrutalitybonds

Chicago has borrowed $709M to pay for settlements including @Chicago_Police misconduct cases since 2010. This will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in interest. Read @ACREcampaigns report at https://www.acrecampaigns.org/pbb  #PoliceBrutalityBonds

Over the next 12 1/2 years, Chicago will pay $198 million in interest ALONE on bonds to pay for settlements including cases against the @Chicago_Police. #policebrutalitybonds #NoCopAcademy https://www.acrecampaigns.org/pbb  

Since 2008, Milwaukee has authorized more than $25 million in borrowing to pay for police settlements and judgments. Check out the new #policebrutalitybonds report from @ACREcampaigns on the costly borrowing practices in 12 US cities.  https://www.acrecampaigns.org/pbb

Some cities are borrowing to pay for failed police reform measures like body cameras. For example Cleveland budgeted $800,000 from a 2015 bond issuance for body-worn cameras. #policebrutalitybonds https://www.acrecampaigns.org/pbb

Since 2008, Lake County, Indiana has issued over $18 million in #PoliceBrutalityBonds. Check out @ACREcampaigns report exposing this and other ways cities are going into debt to pay back big banks that profit off of #policebrutalitybonds https://www.acrecampaigns.org/pbb

 

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