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16-HRes589 on Jan 13, 2016

Bill Sponsorship: H.Res.589
Source: Select Committee on Excessive Use of Police Force
Congressional Summary: Congress finds the following:
  • This past year alone we have seen 7 different incidents of the unjustified use of lethal and excessive force by police officers against African-Americans
  • From 2011 to 2015, 28,500 complaints filed against Chicago Police officers resulted in no discipline.
  • These incidents and countless others are not isolated but reflect a pervasive pattern of racial bias in the use of excessive force in communities of color.
  • It is the will of the Congress that a select committee be formed to investigate these patterns of excessive use of force in communities of color, and recommend:
  • A uniform definition of `excessive use of force` for purposes of criminal prosecutions of law enforcement officers who employ force against individuals suspected of criminal offenses.
  • Collection of accurate and reliable data on police shootings and the use of excessive force.
  • Implementation of a national database to make available to the public data on complaints filed against law enforcement officers and departments alleging excessive use of force.
  • Creation of effective training methods and mental counseling of a law enforcement officer to understand what is and is not a real threat to his or her safety, and to examine his or her reactions to presumed threats for any latent racial bias, animus, or hostility.
OnTheIssues Notes:The 'Black Lives Matter' movement seeks to get police to stop treating African-Americans differently than white suspects. The movement comes to the fore whenever a video emerges from a police shooting of black suspects, as has occurred regularly over the past years. Saying 'Black Lives Matter' blames the police for institutionalized racism, and demands corrective action by changing how police behave. The counter-movement uses the term 'Blue Lives Matter,' implying support of police in a dangerous job. Also see the opposing House of Representatives resolution H.Res.4760


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Question 9: Stricter punishment reduces crime Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Crime
  • Headline: National standards on excessive use of police force (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: National standards on excessive use of police force (Score: -2)

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Democrats participating in 16-HRes589

Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota DemocratJan 13, 2016
Hank Johnson s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 13, 2016
John Lewis s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 13, 2016
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin DemocratJan 13, 2016
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia DemocratFeb 2, 2016



Republicans participating in 16-HRes589



Independents participating in 16-HRes589



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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