Draft Democratic proposal seeks big changes to policing

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      (Politico) A sweeping new police reform bill being drafted by House and Senate Democrats would ban chokeholds, limit “qualified immunity” for police officers, create a national misconduct registry, end the use of no-knock warrants in drug cases and make lynching a federal crime among other dramatic changes, according to an outline being circulated on Capitol Hill.

      The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is sponsored on the House side by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on the Senate side. Harris is among the front runners to become the Democratic vice presidential nominee this year.

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      Another major change would be the creation of a “National Police Misconduct Registry.” Democrats and police-reform advocates say officers found guilty of misconduct too often move from one department to another despite a history of bad conduct. The legislation would create a “federal registry of all federal, state and local law enforcement officers” that includes misconduct complaints and discipline or termination records. Police departments would have to declare that each new officer hired is certified.

      And a federal database would be created that includes reports on any use of force by police against civilians. The data would be broken down by the “national origin, sex, race, ethnicity, age, disability, English language proficiency, and housing status of each civilian against whom a law enforcement officer used force,” according to the outline of the proposal.

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      This is a Vichy Democrat bill, and the devil’s going to be in the details, which I don’t know yet. Some of the proposed changes to federal statute do sound quite promising, especially the licensing and certification part, but who does the licensing and certifying?

      I don’t trust them, but if they do really run on some sort of tangible national law enforcement reform, who knows? The election could swing on this issue in November. The Democrats would be smart to run with this, but will enough of their corporate donors push for it?

      They may. That’s possible now. I didn’t see anything in there about demilitarization of police, though, so I already smell MIC corruption. Gads! Friggin’ Vichy Dems will always reek of some brand of corruption or other.

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      If they are not upfront and center on how many people did the police kill based on demographics, etc. folks will not know the magnitude of the problem.

      And have they stopped discriminating against Left leaning causes?

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      Populist Prole
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      Big on sizzle, small on steak, by design. It has to be. The essential truth is still this simple: The burgeoning unrest caused by the perpetuation of corporate control of policies is, in their minds, is still going to have to be quelled. I doesn’t matter which party.

       

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