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house Bill H.R. 1280

Justice in Policing Act: Incentivizing Bans on Chokeholds & No-Knock Search Warrants in Drug Cases, and Stopping Police Militarization

Argument in favor

The Justice in Policing Act would ban chokeholds plus no-knock search warrants in drug cases at the federal level & incentivize states to do the same, prohibit racial & religious profiling, demilitarize law enforcement, and improve data transparency in policing.

jimK's Opinion
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03/04/2021
I fully support this legislation. Police need to be accountable for inappropriate actions just like everyone else is held accountable for theirs. The police officers that I have known are all dedicated professionals and do not want to be tainted by the few brutes that they serve with. Fellow officers need to be strongly dissuaded from covering the abuses of their peers. Fair reporting is required as is the acknowledgement that police officers can and do encounter difficult life threatening events and can make honest consequential mistakes. The current indemnity statute requires that police prosecution can only occur in cases where another officer has been previously tried and charged for like inappropriate actions and has been used to excuse officers of a wrongful shooting in a parking lot because the only similar case involving wrongful shooting occurred in a public park. That is stupid and wrong. …… … Police are granted an authority over others which can easily be abused and it should be up to fellow officers to hold them to account. In general, police are often called for situations better suited for social workers, mental health professionals or marriage counselors and should not be expected to to be able to handle all such calls, nor to arbitrarily use their requisite authority in all such cases. Many of the abuses have come from officers not able to see mental problems or recognize impediments that a suspect may have in being able to respond to their authority. With great power over others it is essential that that power not be allowed to be misused. … … … I think the program that Obama had started (and the trump canceled) of getting the police involved in community partnerships makes the police see themselves as members of the community and and not just the arbiters of justice over others, and helps the lawful community view officers as their allies and not just enforcers. Mistakes will still be made in tense situations and people will need to understand that can happen, but systematic repeated similar ‘mistakes’ cannot be tolerated. … … … I would like to see police services to be funded as part of the safety net for each community and see police officials represented in the allocation of resources to safety net services to protect the communities they serve as well as to protect themselves and their ability to ‘protect and serve’.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/03/2021
Until our system is fair it should at least stop being fatal.
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Dorothy's Opinion
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03/03/2021
Demilitarizing the police forces is long overdue. The GQP under W started this policy to off load military equipment. Another half ass idea which created brutal macho cops and has NEVER prove to be a good idea. It would be nice to see the GQP actually do or create policies that benefit Americans and not their cronies and the 1%
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Argument opposed

This bill relies too heavily on top-down, federally mandated changes that should be made at the state & local level and risks undermining civil order. Alternatively, law enforcement agencies should be entirely defunded, rather than reformed to make changes.

Daniel 's Opinion
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03/03/2021
The more the police are restricted the more likely they will get hurt or killed. What happened to stop police and people actually listen? No, try to escape and if you get hurt blame the police.
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Paul's Opinion
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03/03/2021
This is a misguided focus. The problem is culture, not tactics. Police must shift to a no-tolerance attitude on racism and corruption. Expand and empower internal affairs.
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Emily 's Opinion
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03/04/2021
There are good employees and bad employees in every organization, including the police force. Disciplinary measures should be exercised per individual. We should not discipline the entire police force, jeopardizing their training and their safety, just because of a few bad cops. If citizens are breaking the law and doing bad things, police should have the right to act as fit and not be limited by the socialist regime.
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    I fully support this legislation. Police need to be accountable for inappropriate actions just like everyone else is held accountable for theirs. The police officers that I have known are all dedicated professionals and do not want to be tainted by the few brutes that they serve with. Fellow officers need to be strongly dissuaded from covering the abuses of their peers. Fair reporting is required as is the acknowledgement that police officers can and do encounter difficult life threatening events and can make honest consequential mistakes. The current indemnity statute requires that police prosecution can only occur in cases where another officer has been previously tried and charged for like inappropriate actions and has been used to excuse officers of a wrongful shooting in a parking lot because the only similar case involving wrongful shooting occurred in a public park. That is stupid and wrong. …… … Police are granted an authority over others which can easily be abused and it should be up to fellow officers to hold them to account. In general, police are often called for situations better suited for social workers, mental health professionals or marriage counselors and should not be expected to to be able to handle all such calls, nor to arbitrarily use their requisite authority in all such cases. Many of the abuses have come from officers not able to see mental problems or recognize impediments that a suspect may have in being able to respond to their authority. With great power over others it is essential that that power not be allowed to be misused. … … … I think the program that Obama had started (and the trump canceled) of getting the police involved in community partnerships makes the police see themselves as members of the community and and not just the arbiters of justice over others, and helps the lawful community view officers as their allies and not just enforcers. Mistakes will still be made in tense situations and people will need to understand that can happen, but systematic repeated similar ‘mistakes’ cannot be tolerated. … … … I would like to see police services to be funded as part of the safety net for each community and see police officials represented in the allocation of resources to safety net services to protect the communities they serve as well as to protect themselves and their ability to ‘protect and serve’.
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    The more the police are restricted the more likely they will get hurt or killed. What happened to stop police and people actually listen? No, try to escape and if you get hurt blame the police.
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    Until our system is fair it should at least stop being fatal.
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    Demilitarizing the police forces is long overdue. The GQP under W started this policy to off load military equipment. Another half ass idea which created brutal macho cops and has NEVER prove to be a good idea. It would be nice to see the GQP actually do or create policies that benefit Americans and not their cronies and the 1%
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    Much needed changes to ensure consistency & fairness in policing.
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    Police officers need to be human, and humane. Why is that such a complicated wish list?
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    I believe that reform is required. Police show no restraint over minor issues and require retraining. They over react to situations and under react in others such as the January 6th debacle. The police also need the help of mental health professionals with police training to deal with the mentally ill. There’s so many opportunities to make things right. Defunding the police is not the answer. Fixing it requires federal mandates. Volunteer changes at the local level are not sufficient in many places.
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    Congress has done nothing since the horrible murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and all the other innocent victims of police brutality on black bodies. This isn't everything we need to have racial justice in America, but it's a start. Our country has looked away for far too long while unequal justice has been killing and incarcerating people of color at a far higher proportion than white people for no reason other than racism and bias. Let's start with this act, and then look at systemic reforms that will ensure equity in all aspects of American life.
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    I fully support this. The end of qualified immunity is a great start as far as holding individuals accountable for illegal actions. There are so many reputable officers who will support this bill. Education is a huge component of the bill and must be standardized nationally. Racial equality with regard to arrests and treatment of those arrested must be the same in Alabama and Alaska. Effective communication with the disabled, either physically or mentally, must be stressed. It may even be good to have social services on retainer for difficult situations._
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    This is a misguided focus. The problem is culture, not tactics. Police must shift to a no-tolerance attitude on racism and corruption. Expand and empower internal affairs.
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    Chokeholds plus no-knock search warrants is an infringement on your freedom and your property. You start to wonder who side anyone is on. Police do get away with murder, so do racist bigots gangs and drug pushers. In all cases you need to start at the source of the problem of behavior, to change things.
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    The police have become more and more militarized in my lifetimes. (78 years) They have associated themselves with the white, male power structure. It has not been a good thing for anyone else.
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    Evil Dumbkopf injected stooges everywhere including the pentagon specifically to throttle back and manipulate. His stooge changed the protocol of ordering National guard on jan 5 so that on jan 6 they would not / could not be deployed per need. When are these criminals going to be held accountable? These are your ‘patriots’! Another stooge saying one thing but doing his evil bidding - usps de joy If America can’t protect its own capitol and gop senators sit there asking dumb questions pointing fingers elsewhere then policing the streets and other issues become meaningless. The ‘head’ is broken. Why fix the body? Is America that stupid?
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    Unfortunately there are two edges on a sword. On one side we have seen law enforcement disrespecting the uniform and law. On the other side you have police officers fighting for their lives in hand to hand combat. I don’t think there are simple answers to this problem, way too many variables in the equation.
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    There are good employees and bad employees in every organization, including the police force. Disciplinary measures should be exercised per individual. We should not discipline the entire police force, jeopardizing their training and their safety, just because of a few bad cops. If citizens are breaking the law and doing bad things, police should have the right to act as fit and not be limited by the socialist regime.
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    Representatives, Thank you for passing this Bill! We expect the same in the Senate. ##################### Representatives, My family, many friends, and I respectfully and most strongly urge you to support H.R. 1280, The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
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    We must find ways to allow police keep our communities safe and protected without brutalizing and dehumanizing people. Their must be civilian control over policing and focus on less militarization of police and more community participation, coordination and collaborators.
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    When I was growing up we were taught in school that the policemen are our friends. When I was in High School I watched the evening news and saw "our friends" armed with guns on the Campus of Kent State University in Ohio and they were shooting the students. The students didn't have any guns, just their books and they were running as fast as they could to get away from the police but they killed those kids anyway. I have not seen any change in them since that time and I don't expect to in the future unless you do something to make them stop!
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    Rep. brady votes ‘Nay’! No surprise. Old White Tx. Dude just looking to keep that ‘Law and Order’ ‘tough look’ by disavowing any over reach in policing and cheers on the Militarization of the local constables/police.
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