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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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

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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.