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Letter


Sending Office: Honorable Bobby L. Rush
Sent By:
Auburn.Bell@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

PROTECT POLICE OFFICERS AND CITIZENS:

SUPPORT THE USE OF BODY-WORN AND DASHBOARD CAMERAS FOR POLICE OFFICERS

 

Cosponsors (2): Ro Khanna, Eleanor Holmes Norton

Dear Colleague:

The recent incidents of police officers shooting and killing unarmed citizens throughout the country have sparked a need for greater transparency and trust between police officers and the communities in which they serve.

This is why I invite you to join me in cosponsoring
H.R. 1213
, the Laquan McDonald Camera Act of 2017. This bill requires, as a condition for the receipt of federal funds, that states require law enforcement agencies to have in effect a policy regarding the use of body-worn and dashboard cameras.

On October 20, 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot sixteen times and killed by a police officer who claimed the young man was swinging a knife in a threatening manner at police officers.  Dash-cam footage on the police vehicles later demonstrated
that, in fact, Laquan was walking away from the officers who began shooting within six seconds of getting to the scene.  Without dash-cam footage, those officers would never have held accountable for their actions.

A
recent year-long study
by the University of Cambridge that tracked almost 2,000 police officers throughout the United States and the United Kingdom found that officer use of body-worn cameras led to a 93 percent reduction in complaints against police officers
by citizens.  Body-worn and dashboard cameras make officers more accountable for their behaviors which cools down potentially volatile situations.

I hope that you will join me in putting the minds of everyday Americans and the officers who put their lives on the line to serve them at ease. To learn more or become a cosponsor please contact Ms. Auburn Bell at
auburn.bell@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

                                                                             /s/

                                                                             Bobby L. Rush

                                                                             Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Government, Technology

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 1213
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