Take Action to Shut Down Biased Pro-Police Legislation
There are quite a few items in the news regarding criminal justice reform, police accountability, and police brutality and violence. Two pieces of legislation (SB 211 & HR 7085) would be a particularly big win for the movement to end police brutality and promote accountability and authentic action toward firing oft-cited violent officers. So what would the laws be and how can we help? #ThisIsHowYouCan
Lawmakers in Kentucky have advanced a bill that would level a misdemeanor charge against an individual for "insulting" police. This bill is in direct violation of the First Amendment and our right to free speech. The punishment for this would-be Class B misdemeanor charge in Kentucky is up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $250.
TAKE ACTION: Contact lawmakers in Kentucky ahead of the full chamber vote and demand that they vote NO on Senate Bill 211. You can find information for Kentucky's representatives at: bit.ly/ky-senate.
Additionally, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have reintroduced H.R. 7085 - which aims to put an end to qualified immunity.
Qualified immunity protects police officers and other government officials from civil liability in cases where they are accused of violating someone's constitutional rights.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your Representatives in the House & Senate and urge them to back and advance H.R. 7085. You can find your representative's contact information at: www.commoncause.org/find-your-representative.