Federal Bill Would Require Cops To Ask Suspects Not To Kill Them Before Shooting

U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay plans to introduce legislation that would establish a federal use-of-force standard.

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Representative William “Lacy” Clay (D-Missouri) announced new legislation on Friday that would change the use-of-force standard for federal law enforcement officers.

Clay’s proposed measure, known as the PEACE Act, would require police officers to use de-escalation techniques before resorting to deadly force, KMOV reported.

The measure would require states to enact similar use-of-force legislation in order to qualify for federal funding for their law enforcement.

“It would set a new standard. And it makes sense,” Clay told reporters at a press conference to introduce the PEACE Act on Aug. 9. “If the rest of the civilized world can abide by these standards, then it helps us get to a place where we need to be in law enforcement.”

“This new act... changes the way that communities are policed,” he said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Today we continue to strive towards making our country a more perfect union where black lives are respected and valued.”

The bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-California), was introduced on the fifth anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, a controversial officer-involved shooting that led to riots in Ferguson and the promotion of Black Lives Matter.

“Ferguson was a dramatic symptom of an illness that is prevalent across our nation” in which some officers “hired to protect and serve essentially terrorize our communities,” Clay said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

But Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing in Michael Brown’s death by a St. Louis County grand jury and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation under President Barack Obama’s administration.

The federal investigation concluded that the evidence supported Officer Wilson’s claim that he was acting in self-defense and that Brown was attacking him when the officer opened fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Clay told reporters that he thought that Brown's unprovoked attack on Officer Wilson “could have been defused in another way,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“We’ve learned the names of black men and women that should not have to be known solely because of their deaths by law enforcement: Mike Brown, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and far too many others,” Clay said.

More than 20 additional lawmakers have signed on to support the PEACE Act, which stands for Police Exercising Absolute Care with Everyone.

Donald Mihalek, executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, pointed out that every federal agency already has a use of force policy that requires deadly force only when an imminent threat of danger to the officer or another person exists.

“Attempting to further restrict a [law enforcement officer’s] use of force parameters will only endanger the officer or others,” Mihalek told Blue Lives Matter in an email. “The NYPD Officers who had buckets and water hurled at them is indicative of a use of force dynamic from their leadership that discourages and punishes officers for taking action.”

Mihalek was referencing multiple recent incidents in New York City where criminals assaulted police officers responding to emergency calls by dumping buckets of water on them.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous 1989 decision in Graham vs. Connor has long been the standard for use-of-force decisions.

“It provides a reasonable officer standard for use of force decisions based on a totality of circumstances,” Mihalek told Blue Lives Matter. “The court recognized you can’t judge these incidents that often occur in microseconds with 20/20 hindsight.”

Washington University law professor Peter Joy said the courts have held that an officer in reasonable fear for their life and safety is permitted to use whatever force they deem necessary, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“They don’t have to make a judgment [such as] will a stun gun be sufficient,” Joy said.

The professor said he doubted Clay’s bill would pass, partly because of its conflict with stand-your-ground laws enacted by multiple states that allow regular citizens to defend themselves in an attack, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Joy said that if the PEACE Act passed, law enforcement officers “would have less options than citizens would have under stand-your-ground.”

During his announcement of the proposed legislation, Clay said that law enforcement supported his plan, KMOV reported.

However, St. Louis Police Officers Association Spokesman Jeff Roorda, said that is not the case for local law enforcement.

“It’s a very uninformed position the congressman is taking,” Roorda told KMOV. “Every police department in the United States has a continuum of force that they go through before they use deadly force. There’s not a police department in the country that doesn’t use deadly force as a last resort. I don’t know what the goal of this legislation is other than making noise.”

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Anomie88
Anomie88

Today, I will not answer the radio call that there is an active shooter in your child’s school. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend or husband has come home drunk and is beating you again. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized. Today, I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief. Today, I won’t investigate the person peeping in your windows at 3 AM when you are asleep. Today, I won’t find your teenage child or college student stranded on the side of the rode without cell phone reception or injured in a crash on a secluded road. Today, I won’t perform CPR on your mother or father. Today, I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or is trapped in a burning building and is need of rescue. Today, I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child you were too busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived. No, today I will not do that. Why? Today, I was suspended from duty for doing my job, because the media, a community organizer, a lawyer who formally represented terrorists and a mayor or governor or congress person who ran on an anti-police agenda, who are afraid to tell people how it really is AND all who know nothing about policing, have vilified my profession. Or today, I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway. I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out. I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen. I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer. I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was too busy. I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery. I was ambushed checking a house or a business or a school. I was ambushed by people who have heeded the anti-police rhetoric and want lawlessness to succeed. I was killed doing my job. A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father or mother won't be coming home today. The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today, but most people won't know why. There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps and bagpipes will be played as I am laid to rest. My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere. A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn. There will be no cries for justice. There will be no riots in the streets. There will be no officers marching, screaming “no justice, no peace” because that would be “racist.” No citizens will scream that something must be done because that wouldn’t be part of the social agenda. No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called. Only a lonely someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about and that I am missed. I was a police officer.

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

Yet another (D) virtue-signaling for fantasy instead of adapting to reality.

T00R
T00R

Lacy Clay is an idiot. The parkland cop got jambed for failing to take action, now he wants to prevent cops from taking action. What's next, mother may I shoot this clown? Idiot.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I've got rocks in my yard that are smarter and have more common sense then these law makers!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Totally fucking ridiculous.

qazwiz
qazwiz

so, it's OK to kill idiots that cannot plead for their life fast enough???? sheeze!

i think every politician that voted for that bill/law should be confined with a bunch of armed psychopaths until they recant their mental illness

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Clay "It would set a new standard. And it makes sense,” Clay told reporters"

Only to you MoFo, only to you.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

“This new act... changes the way that communities are policed,” he said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Today we continue to strive towards making our country a more perfect union where black lives are respected and valued.” That's all I need to hear. Blacks are 35 times more likely to murder someone than whites, statistically (FBI report). The day blacks have the same crime stats as everyone else, I will listen. Until then, they need to STFU.

JBo
JBo

Just FYI:

"The bill is endorsed by: National Action Network (NAN), NAACP, ACLU, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP – Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), Amnesty International, Drug Policy Alliance, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action."

Chief TT
Chief TT

It's time to re-organize the militia. If lawmakers won't let our officers do their job, then it's time we the people do.

DRPS909
DRPS909

You’ve got to be kidding! That second will get officers killed for sure.

Truckerdude
Truckerdude

It's almost getting to the point that the police might have to do either a state or Nationwide strike. Let crime run rampant for a few months and the politicians will grovel on their hands and knees.

Bud
Bud

Clay has been a racist for as long as he has been in the public view, and probably before. He will never be branded as intelligent, he is and has always been a total idiot!

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

It is the media's fault that "we know the names" of Blacks dead after encounters with Law Enforcement. We should know these names from their CRIMES or behavior.

stockjock
stockjock

Please don’t kill me Mr. Bad Guy or I might have to hurt you. Oh wait I hesitated and I’m already dead? Well then I guess it doesn’t matter, have a nice day.

These people really have it wrong. The current use of force standard, where if you or someone else is in danger of death or serious bodily injury, deadly force can be used, is an appropriate standard.

If certain groups of people are getting arrested or shot by police more than others, it suggests that it’s because a disproportionate number of those individuals are engaged in improper or dangerous criminal activities.

To suggest that this is an issue of race is a disservice to the brave police who protect us all.

I believe that I arrested far more minorities than Caucasians, and I also believe that I used force against far more minorities than Caucasians. Believe me, it was never about race.

I think the issue is primarily socioeconomic, so you have to look at the communities that are infested with gangs and drugs and criminal activity. It should not be a shocker that a disproportionate percentage of individuals from those communities have a disproportionately bad experience with law-enforcement.

This bill jeopardizes officer safety.

shooter
shooter

Boogers and Lowest will probably laud this.

PD732004
PD732004

Where do these jerks come from, and how about the idiots who vote them into office. Grow some America!!!.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Glad I am done with the shit show.

pmnara
pmnara

I'm speechless reading Lazy Clay at the moronic bill trying to pass!!! Walk a day in a police officers shoes on the midnight shift!!!

BravoAlphaCharlie
BravoAlphaCharlie

Michael Brown was a dope smoking criminal thug/bully and any police officer that I know, including myself, would have done the same thing Officer Wilson did. Brown committed a strong arm robbery, then sauntered down the middle of a street then refused a lawful and reasonable order from a police officer. Then he Advanced on the officer's vehicle and prevented him from exiting the vehicle while Brown assaulted him and tried to take away his firearm. after a shot was fired during the struggle Brown initially started to withdraw but then after officer Wilson ordered him to stop Brown, in a rage, charged officer Wilson and officer Wilson, defending himself properly and lawfully, by putting Brown down like a rabid rhino. There is no such thing as a good or a bad police officer shooting. There are justified shootings and unjustified shootings. This was clearly a justified shooting. The rioters were wrong. The press was wrong. Black Lives Matter was wrong. Obama was wrong. Holder was wrong. Lynch was wrong. The LEFT was wrong. Clay was and is wrong. Governor Nixon was wrong. The St Louis Post Disgrace was wrong. And what do all these have in common? They all hate law enforcement, they all hate decency and goodness and they all hate people being held accountable for their criminal behavior. But the biggest tragedy in all of this is that Michael Brown went into eternity and who is to say what his destination was. I pray to almighty God that he paid attention in Sunday School and somewhere along the line he gave his heart to Jesus but I wonder if he did. And praying about it now changes nothing. The left loves to claim that men should remain silent when the topic of abortion is being discussed because men cannot have an abortion. I would really like the left to apply that same logic if you can call it logic to this discussion. If you are not a law enforcement officer or have never been a law enforcement officer then keep your mouth shut about things you cannot possibly understand.

EDWARD 59
EDWARD 59

sbookie
sbookie

What an fn idiot. Hopefully someone will break into his house and do harm, but not before he can say please don’t kill me.

acrucifer
acrucifer

Completely insane and uninformed proposal that hopefully will be soundly defeated. If it does pass you can take this job and shove it @!

WatchYourSix
WatchYourSix

That's not a de-escalation technique, it's a death sentence. It will be mistaken for weakness and embolden criminals more than they already are. Chances are, anyone brandishing a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument is prepared to use it and in that split second it takes to plead not to be killed, you're dead. Where do these clowns come up with shit like this?

IronMike76
IronMike76

And.....he needs to put on a police uniform, ride with the police, and continue to do so until he himself could use his technique in a real situation

CinGuz
CinGuz

Maybe the officers should invite them to have a tea party. Is this guy crazy?? These criminals don't give a shit. All these rules & regulations that are handcuffing trained officers is going to come back & bite (mostly the black population) right in the ass. More law abiding citizens are going to be forced to conceal & carry because we need to protect ourselves, & we will get away with shooting criminals.

gradypa
gradypa

You Can`t fix stupid !!!

BuckSavage
BuckSavage

Somewhere a village is missing an Idiot. What a fucktard.

MRM
MRM

You have lost your godam mind

MSK
MSK

Is this guy Clay and the others that signed on in support of this proposed law really this stupid or is it just another minority voter grab by the democrats.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

In the fantasy land that this fuggin libiot lives, do they sit around singing kumbaya while unicorns shit skittles into ice cream cones?? "Please put down your weapon and let's talk about this". WTF!!! The civilized world may be able to abide by his standards but the NAPA's are NOT civilized!!! Violence and killing is ALL they understand, kill or be killed. Go preach your BULLSH!T on the west and south sides of chiraq and see if you make it out alive! The REAL world is out there, give it a visit.

Ron1617
Ron1617

Just how stupid are we going to get?

LCeeKay
LCeeKay

This Insanity Needs to Stop, The "Silent Majority" better wake up and stop these Liberal Nutcases, before this Country called America, ceases to exist.

Dilt
Dilt

Anyone who uses the mike brown shooting to justify further restrictions on law officers is a complete moron.

Gunsmoke16
Gunsmoke16

They are going to get police officers killed. Advise them if this legislation causes one police officer to be killed that they will be charged with capital murder for passing the legislation. Whomever elected these idiots to office needs to recall them immediately.

User 69
User 69

That’s a dumb suggestion! If Ur race would stop their crimes & etc, they wouldn’t have be concerned Re laws for just one race. Some politicians today , such as U, are ridiculous & don’t belong in office.

Sandy50
Sandy50

That is soooooooo dumb, plez bad guy don't kill me, let's talk.

Fridayjo
Fridayjo

These cowards should have to suit up and patrol the ghettos for a month and have the same restrictions on them that they want to legislate on police. I would love to see these idiots perform under these laws. I think after changing their draws they would not come back for a second month. Why you say because their cowards. They're afraid to say what the real issue is and that most of these big city's its a war zone because of the spew of hate for law enforcement. They need to fix the problems of society and stay the hell out of law enforcement of which something they know nothing about.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

This idiot POS is the same demo-rat congressman who insisted, sued and protested to have a painting that showed police as pigs hung at the Capitol. This treasonous useless minority moron is an embarrassment.

oldbat
oldbat

this piece of shit should be voted out of office.

Kortney1983
Kortney1983

How about all officers just stand down. Let’s see what happens. Keeps the officers safer and gives everyone else exactly what they want. I personally think it might shut some drama down! ALSO I am so sick of hearing about race. Last time I checked, police officers are kind of like a “Heinz 57” type ordeal. I mean is this what happened during the Nazi time period? I’m not still hearing about that. OMG GET OVER IT! If everyone will raise their children to simply love and respect, things would get just a tad bit easier, but no we like this hate and drama!

bethembrey
bethembrey

Perfectly written

Bstn
Bstn

"During his announcement of the proposed legislation, Clay said that law enforcement supported his plan"
He's a liar on this statement!! And any Chief who'd even entertain this mans crazy "bill" is a coward. Clay is a POS who know nothing about being an officer & 1st officer to attempt this unfortunatly is a dead officer! Elected folks have lost their damn minds so much so this country is screwed!! I would never recommend any 20-something year old get into law enforcement today the job and society isnt worth the target these folks have put on cops backs!

IggyRu
IggyRu

What fn intern sold him on this foolish idea

Lane Crawley
Lane Crawley

Mr Clay ignores the fact that Police Officers have a right to survive while working among hardened Criminals both White and Black. To protect and serve means that Police Officers White and Black shall interrupt Criminal Behavior no matter how unpopular this may be with Criminals. Sheriffs, police officers, marshals, constables, agents all have the right to survive violent attacks and continue with the duties of Law Enforcement. We shall not water down use of force policies that will make it more likely that Law Officers will be killed, it shall not be allowed!

Boomer1961
Boomer1961

Clay is a total embarrassment to St. Louis, a bigoted, racist moron of single digit IQ that can only do as his handlers tell him to do!

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

So let’s see, if a thug has a gun ready to shoot an officer or already has done so, or killed raped or maimed others, the thug perp is allowed this asinine request?! Clay is a cowardice 🦇 💩 loon, and I think he should go out into the community during several nights with the police and test his theory out to see just how effective it would be! These jackasses who despise our LEO’s, should be written off the list for help, if ever they should need it.

Stevervative
Stevervative

How can someone be so fundamentally naive or so fundamentally stupid and still be elected to Congress? Any guess as to why the public confidence in Congress is below 12%?

LEO0301
LEO0301

“Today we continue to strive towards making our country a more perfect union where black lives are respected and valued.” Except that blacks don't respect or value their own lives as demonstrated daily in communities across the country (see Chicago). This is just another dumb idea, in a series of dumb ideas, that black politicians are trying to force on the public that will have serious implications.

RPG156
RPG156

To call Lacy Clay a moron is an insult to morons.