It's a great thing when people work together and listen. Just listen. The ADCRR chose the correct action: stop using the patch. They wrote that they want to be, "sensitive to the way that others may interpret its meaning." This is how democracy and government oversight should work. I spoke up to the prison authorities as a representative of the people, and they listened.Rep. Rodriguez brought years of experience in justice reform to the table, and together our teamwork has yielded a very good first step.
The department made the correct decision. That patch and it’s images should never have been produced with taxpayer funds and the patches should never have been approved for use by sworn officers. I am hopeful this decision is a small signal that the department understands its obligation to take all available information into consideration when it is forming policy meant to serve all the people of our state. Rep. Epstein showed real leadership and I was happy to team up with her and our caucus staff on this issue.