Proposal Seeks to Make Major Federal Civil Rights Law Changes

hammer-719068_1920-300x225Democrats in Congress are spearheading a revision of the police process and responsibility following the mass protests that have happened throughout the globe.

The Justice in Police Act is one of Congress’s most aggressive law enforcement reforms in years and addresses many police facets that have come under intense scrutiny, especially nowadays when cell phones have made it much easier to share videos and quickly circulate them around the country and the rest of the world.

Based on the act, the federal civil rights statute regulating police misconduct will no longer allow prosecutors to prove willful acts by an officer, a heavy standard of evidence. The law will require charges against an officer for behaving with reckless disregard for the life of another, causing the death of the individual.

Under existing law, depriving someone of their civil rights under the color of authority willfully is a federal crime. However, the officer must also have known their actions were wrong and against the law, and chose to do so regardless.

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