Task Force proposals turn into bills

for consideration

Legislation benefiting, improving law enforcement in Arkansas part of ‘Back the Blue’ Movement.

Story By Dorothy Spector, AAC Law Clerk Photos By BRENT WALKER

duced to the U.S. Congress. Te bill seeks to change the procedure and regu- lations on immunity for law enforcement nationwide. Sections 101 and 102 of the bill would change the willful standard to a recklessness standard, which would ex- plicitly qualify any act by a police officer that is a substantial factor contributing to the death of an individual to equate a death resulting act. Furthermore, Sec- tion 102 would amend Section 1979 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (42 U.S.C. 1983) to no longer al- low immunity or a defense for local law enforcement that acted in good faith or without knowledge that their conduct was unlawful. Consequently, it would be easier for individuals to sue police of- ficers and other members of law enforce- ment. It will also work to end racial and religious profiling and ban chokeholds and no-knock war- rants. Tis bill passed


n June 8, 2020, the bill entitled “Te George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020” was intro-

the House of Representatives on June 25, 2020, and was placed on the Sen- ate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 490. At the state level, locations such as

New York, Connecticut, California, Illi- nois, Utah, Delaware, and Washington, D.C., have prohibited the use of choke- holds, with some identifying the tech- nique as a method of aggravated stran- gulation. Individual cities and counties also have taken the initiative to ban the use of chokeholds. Houston and Austin, Texas, announced executive orders ban- ning chokeholds; Dallas announced a formal ban on chokeholds and any force intended to restrict a person’s airways; Broward County, Florida, will prohibit chokeholds to restrain or secure persons except when deadly force is justified; Miami is prohibiting lateral vascular neck restraints (LVNR), chokeholds and any other restraint that restricts free movement of the neck or head or the ability to breath; Chicago will ban “ca-

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