Grassroots Support of Law Enforcement

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Law enforcement is the institution most fundamental in the effort to preserve the rule of law in a free society.

Law enforcement officers are the government officials most often encountered by citizens, and are commonly better known and more highly respected among citizens than any other government official.

Their actions preserve the safety, the peace, and the civility of the American people. 

LEAN therefore believes the men and women of law enforcement should be appropriately selected and paid, well trained and equipped, and motivated by experienced and principled leaders who recognize and respect the difficult role their officers are often thrust into.

Law enforcement activities should have maximum transparency and accountability.

Building and maintaining trust between law enforcement and the community served should be a priority and should include informing the community of the perils of policing and the risk of failing to invest properly in professional, educated, motivated police officers. 

We support state and federal legislation that would enhance penalties for violent attacks on police officers. Included should be Blue Lives Matter legislation (Thin Blue Line Act [H.R. 115]) that would provide penalties for planned violence against police and legislation that allows law enforcement to maintain inventories of important tools, including military-style and surplus equipment that helps keep communities and officers safe. 

We oppose the divisive rhetoric of people like Al Sharpton and other opportunists who continue to ignore the truth while thriving on events that separate communities from law enforcement.

We reject the hateful rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement as a racist, anti-cop organization. Too often, marchers behind Black Lives Matter banners have called for violence against the police; too often, the movement has been mute and absent as horrific violence within the community claims innocent lives.

We oppose and reject executive clemency and any form of sentencing reductions for those who kill law enforcement officers. Cop killers should have two options: life imprisonment with no possibility of release or the death penalty. 

 

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Law Enforcement Support News 

The Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi Senate Committee Passes Blue Lives Matter Bill A Senate judiciary committee passed a "Blue Lives Matter" bill Tuesday that would add the targeting of law enforcement and other first responders to the state hate crimes statute. Senate Bill 2469 adds language that if a crime is committed because the victim's actual or perceived job is law enforcement, firefighter or emergency medical technician it would be considered a hate crime just as it would if a person was targeted due to race, gender or religion. 

The Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi Senate Committee Passes Blue Lives Matter Bill

A Senate judiciary committee passed a "Blue Lives Matter" bill Tuesday that would add the targeting of law enforcement and other first responders to the state hate crimes statute. Senate Bill 2469 adds language that if a crime is committed because the victim's actual or perceived job is law enforcement, firefighter or emergency medical technician it would be considered a hate crime just as it would if a person was targeted due to race, gender or religion. 

The Baltimore Sun: Judge Orders Discovery, Depositions to Move Forward in Mosby Malicious Prosecution Lawsuit A federal magistrate judge has ordered that discovery and depositions proceed in the malicious prosecution lawsuit brought by five of the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case against State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. 

The Baltimore Sun: Judge Orders Discovery, Depositions to Move Forward in Mosby Malicious Prosecution Lawsuit

A federal magistrate judge has ordered that discovery and depositions proceed in the malicious prosecution lawsuit brought by five of the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case against State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. 

Los Angeles Times: Rules for Body Cameras are Left to Local Police Department as Lawmakers Struggle to Pass Statewide Regulations Over the past two years, police departments up and down California have outfitted their patrol officers with body-worn cameras in an effort to boost community trust in law enforcement. At the same time, state lawmakers have tried and failed to pass a half-dozen major bills to address a range of issues including when officers turn the cameras on and off and when the public might see the video. 

Los Angeles Times: Rules for Body Cameras are Left to Local Police Department as Lawmakers Struggle to Pass Statewide Regulations

Over the past two years, police departments up and down California have outfitted their patrol officers with body-worn cameras in an effort to boost community trust in law enforcement. At the same time, state lawmakers have tried and failed to pass a half-dozen major bills to address a range of issues including when officers turn the cameras on and off and when the public might see the video. 

 

Law Enforcement Support Legislation

H.R. 687: First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act Introduced: Jan 24, 2017 Status: Passed House on Jan 31, 2017 Sponsor: Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) Schedule: To go before Senate for consideration

H.R. 687: First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act

Introduced: Jan 24, 2017

Status: Passed House on Jan 31, 2017

Sponsor: Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ)

Schedule: To go before Senate for consideration

H.R. 115: Thin Blue Line Act Introduced: Jan 3, 2017 Status: Referred to Committee on Jan 3, 2017 Sponsor: Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

H.R. 115: Thin Blue Line Act

Introduced: Jan 3, 2017

Status: Referred to Committee on Jan 3, 2017

SponsorVern Buchanan (R-FL)

S. 367 Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017 Introduced: Feb 14, 2017 Status: Referred to Committee on Feb 14, 2017 Sponsor: Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

S. 367 Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017

Introduced: Feb 14, 2017

Status: Referred to Committee on Feb 14, 2017

Sponsor: Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Ron Hosko's Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown to Overturn the Parole of a Cop Killer