Over the past year we’ve watched a seemingly endless stream of headlines about police brutality & police use excessive force against nonviolent protesters, deploying pepper spray, tear gas, batons, and rubber bullets.
This week, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced two bills aimed at addressing continued police brutality and misuse of force. Congress must act to ensure the first amendment is protected and that law enforcement officers are held accountable for harm caused both during civilian engagement and during their response to protests.
Congress must pass the Protect Our Protesters (POP) Act, which would criminalize police violence against demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights. In addition, Congress must also pass the National Police Misuse of Force Investigation Board Act, which will establish a federal agency - known as the National Police Misuse of Force Investigation Board - which will be responsible for investigating all nationwide deaths occurring in police custody, officer-involved shootings and uses of force that result in severe bodily injury.
We can no longer stand by and watch the constitutional rights of Americans get trampled and individuals harmed & killed. Tell Congress to ensure the First Amendment is protected and we hold law enforcement officers accountable.
Tell Congress to pass the Protect Our Protesters Act & the National Police Misuse of Force Investigation Board Act.
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