Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
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Request for Cosponsor(s)

Please join me as an original cosponsor of the Cooling Off Period Elimination Act of 2017, legislation that would condition federal grant money on the elimination of cooling off periods for police officers charged with misconduct. The
deadline for original cosponsors is COB Monday Nov. 6th.

Recent shootings of unarmed men by police officers have brought national attention to the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of
Rights (LEOBR), a set of niceties styled as rights, typically found in police union collective bargaining agreements designed to provide a police officer with extra-constitutional privileges unavailable to non-law enforcement.  If an allegation of police misconduct
matures to an official complaint, police officers in certain jurisdictions can invoke their LEOBR. A common provision of a typical LEOBR is a cooling off period (a
period of time where a police officer does not need to respond to any questions about his/her alleged misconduct).

Cooling off periods have the potential to undermine the administration of justice because they subject one party alleged to have committed an illegal act (the police officer) to an unequal system of procedural due process that provides police offers with
an extra advantage. The COPE Act would condition federal grant money to jurisdictions that have contracted with police unions and whose collective bargaining agreements do not contain such cooling off periods.

If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation, please contact Robin Chand in my office at

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