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senate Bill S. 3985

JUSTICE Act: Incentivizing Bans on Chokeholds, Improving Law Enforcement Data Reporting, and Funding Police Training on De-Escalation & Historical Racism

Argument in favor

The JUSTICE Act would put in place commonsense steps to bring about police reform and rebuild lost trust between communities of color and law enforcement. It would incentivize state & local governments to ban chokeholds & increase reporting of use of force incidents, no-knock warrants, and disciplinary actions against police officers to increase transparency. It would also fund de-escalation training programs, make lynching a federal hate crime.

Phillip's Opinion
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06/21/2020
I think yes is the vote to take simply because it does something right now and would then be moved to the house for amendments. The JIP act in the house is more comprehensive and a better bill I think. However by combining the two you might actually get somewhere. The JUSTICE bill doesn’t seem to actively remove grants from non compliant states and administrations just merely suggests to them. I think the rogue actors need the extra shove. I also think that a yearly dump of bad policing is inadequate. I would prefer it to be quarterly at the least. In this day and age though there is no reason it cannot be a database added to and accessible on a daily basis.
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06/24/2020
The Status Quo is no bueno. We need to rethink how the police interacts with citizens. Defunding is a term that needs to be removed when talking about the Police. I think it more about how and what they spend the funds on. Wasteful spending needs to be addressed, along with improved training. Police is a vital need in our country. Smarter Policing is what I want as an American Citizen. I shouldn't hate the Police when I'm kicked in the ass by an Officer at 16 years old. I should be able to report said incident when Policing is done improperly. Maybe Robocop is the answer. Joking! Elon Musk, where you at with Robocops?
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06/24/2020
I support Senator Tim Scott’s Bill. I expect to see the support from you as my officials.
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn’t go far enough in banning chokeholds and the use of no-knock search warrants by federal law enforcement. It also doesn’t make any reforms to the legal doctrine of qualified immunity, which shields police officers from liability for abuses unless there’s a clear violation of civil rights. Alternatively, law enforcement agencies should be defunded in their entirety, rather than reformed and provided with additional funding to make changes.

Olivia's Opinion
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06/21/2020
I don’t think that it’s good enough. The federal government should not be dangling rewards like federal grants for the use of body cameras or de-escalation training. Instead they should be offering grants for education and mental health programs for states that commit to using their police funding to do those things. The police budgets, as a generalization, are large enough.
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Jesse.West's Opinion
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06/24/2020
We need to push hard for comprehensive reform that holds the police accountable for their actions with independent oversight committees and stricter regulations to prevent needless and unwarranted death. Can I count on you to stand up for this?
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06/24/2020
It's gotta be full and with extreme law to stop the cops from stealing, lying, being corrupt, racist, dangerous and inept from it's crap. The cops are the biggest gang who have no care in acting against those who may find themselves dead die to mental illness. They cause hated often and we need to fix them completely. They're bill is small to fix the rotten police and Court system which it completely ignored here.
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    I think yes is the vote to take simply because it does something right now and would then be moved to the house for amendments. The JIP act in the house is more comprehensive and a better bill I think. However by combining the two you might actually get somewhere. The JUSTICE bill doesn’t seem to actively remove grants from non compliant states and administrations just merely suggests to them. I think the rogue actors need the extra shove. I also think that a yearly dump of bad policing is inadequate. I would prefer it to be quarterly at the least. In this day and age though there is no reason it cannot be a database added to and accessible on a daily basis.
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    I don’t think that it’s good enough. The federal government should not be dangling rewards like federal grants for the use of body cameras or de-escalation training. Instead they should be offering grants for education and mental health programs for states that commit to using their police funding to do those things. The police budgets, as a generalization, are large enough.
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    The Status Quo is no bueno. We need to rethink how the police interacts with citizens. Defunding is a term that needs to be removed when talking about the Police. I think it more about how and what they spend the funds on. Wasteful spending needs to be addressed, along with improved training. Police is a vital need in our country. Smarter Policing is what I want as an American Citizen. I shouldn't hate the Police when I'm kicked in the ass by an Officer at 16 years old. I should be able to report said incident when Policing is done improperly. Maybe Robocop is the answer. Joking! Elon Musk, where you at with Robocops?
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    I support Senator Tim Scott’s Bill. I expect to see the support from you as my officials.
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    The Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act (S.3985) I'm in full support of the Senate Bill (S- 3985) known as the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act which would implement a number of policies aimed at reforming police practices to reduce the excessive use of force by law enforcement officers. The JUSTICE Act would use federal grant programs to incentivize state & local governments to ban chokeholds; improve the reporting of use of force data to the federal government and begin collecting & reporting data on the use of no-knock warrants; fund grants to increase the use of body cameras, and accommodate training in de-escalation, alternatives to the use of force, duty to intervene, and responding to behavioral health crises; and encourage hiring practices that reflect community demographics. It would also criminalize lynching, report falsification, and close the law enforcement consent loophole; while also establishing commissions to study & provide recommendations on police use of force review boards, and issues affecting the social status of black men & boys. See a breakdown of the 106 page bill’s various provisions can be found at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3985/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22congressId%3A116+AND+billStatus%3A%5C%22Introduced%5C%22%22%5D%7D&r=9&s=1 Q 6.22.20. SP
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    We need to push hard for comprehensive reform that holds the police accountable for their actions with independent oversight committees and stricter regulations to prevent needless and unwarranted death. Can I count on you to stand up for this?
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    Police education could be the most valuable aspect of this bill as its approaches part of the problem from the source instead of providing external bandaids
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    Shouldn’t Dems accept debate on the JUSTICE Act so that we can move the process forward. Simply obstructing progress will not win elections and may make the support of Black Americans feel futile. There is always a chance to improve the bill in reconciliation.
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    I like both bills! They both save lives! Just combine them! And also that will probably also make them Bipartisan! We need bipartisanship for this issue!
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    This had been an issue for a long time now.
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    Tim Scott’s Bill is what Americans need and for you Representative Castro to not back this bill because you put your corrupt party first is what’s reeking havoc on Americans trying to survive.
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    I believe their are policies in place that need to be revisited and reformed so policies just don’t work . I’m a nurse and in nursing policies and procedures our practices are geared toward evidence based practices . EBP helps to identify what’s working and what’s not working then you take necessary steps to implement change .
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    Do NOT defund the police.
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    Essential components are body cameras for police officers and a data bank to collate evidence of police/criminal wrongdoing. Require that thorough background checks be performed prior to hiring new officers, including checking the database. Within two years, establish a committee to review and make informed recommendations regarding improvements to police procedures avoiding emotional or political bias. We need to protect our law enforcement officers and law abiding citizens from criminals while ensuring due process for said criminals. This should not be a get out of jail free society based on the politically perceived viewpoint. It is a matter of deterring crime by making individuals, irrespective of background, responsible for their criminal acts.
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    Yes, lets get the debate moved to the floor. We have no National police force, but instead of 50 state standards s, plus the local forces, there is no reason we should not impose a Minimum Standard for those police gorces that take Federal Money. Also ad a no sanctuary claise yo yhe funds so any jurisdiction that refuses it pays the price of not cooperating with ICE, DEA etc..
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    I cannot support this entire bill. I do not think the federal level needs to provide incentives for local police practices. I do think funding training on de-escalation techniques might be helpful but must that be federally funded? I also think it is not evident that all police departments are racist so treating them all as if guilty would be unfair.
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    Just another way for republicans to be racists
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    I think this is good to start better training. I really hope our COPS offices start actively participating and holding fun community events that involve the youth and all people of our community. I hope to see involvement in community services (feeding the poor, housing the homeless and taking better care of the communities who need the nurturing). I am saddened to see that no mental health checks and therapeutic sessions for our officers are applied. It would be very beneficial for our police to be regularly attending counseling for emotional, stress, and anger management. This is a sure way to ensure the well being of our law enforcement and building a healthy strong community. In my opinion.
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    This is so much less than is needed, but it’s something. I intend to continue fighting to defund the police. I believe the US police force to be a terrorist organization.
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    It's gotta be full and with extreme law to stop the cops from stealing, lying, being corrupt, racist, dangerous and inept from it's crap. The cops are the biggest gang who have no care in acting against those who may find themselves dead die to mental illness. They cause hated often and we need to fix them completely. They're bill is small to fix the rotten police and Court system which it completely ignored here.
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