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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Choirboyz
Choirboyz

It’s a Saturday Night Live skit on the use of force continuum... absolutely ridiculous...

graybeard421
graybeard421

That's about the dumbest thing I've heard any member of Congress say. And, they say a lot of dumb things.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

I'm convinced we have active domestic terrorist politicians. In fact, I know we do.

OldVet
OldVet

What do you expect from a Black Lives Matter Democrat who's agenda is still to blame the officer for Ferguson, Mo. instead of the strong armed robber punk, Mike Brown. Must be behind in the reelection polls.

gallowayg
gallowayg

STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.

iaff801
iaff801

Maybe they could stop and have tea and discuss it like adults first....

Dra71
Dra71

St Louis? Oh Pease will this stop all the black on black crime that has made St Louis what it is? There were 66 homicides per 100,000 St. Louis residents in 2017 — more than 10 times the national homicide rate.

trainbuff
trainbuff

Bahahaha!

Skycop
Skycop

Take these liberal politicians and give them a gun. Dump them in a prison yard and throw the inmates some knives. Let's see how long it takes until the shooting starts. After all, they are in a secure facility and the inmates have rights too. Let's see how their theory works in reality.

Judgesson
Judgesson

You can’t fix stupid

Idiot need an enema to clean out his cranium!

Void of any brains 🧠

maggiemoo1312
maggiemoo1312

What the HELL does this have to do with black lives? All races of people shoot law enforcement too.

P51d007
P51d007

I was never an officer, but was a dispatcher. That call on the radio I always hated was send code3 help, or shots fired.

Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

Leave it to a dumocrat to come up w/a moronic bill like this! "Oh yes Mr. Criminal please dont shoot me. Could you please wait while I ask permission to shoot you?" So lets just let the animals run the asylum!

Milman
Milman

Just when I thought we had reached rock bottom regarding Democrat "Law Makers", I find out, I was Wrong!! This clown needs a month long "ride along" , on the night shift, for a month!

artw44
artw44

It's always about race, he only listed people who were justified actions. No police were in the wrong in any of them cases. When is he going to tell gang bangers to stop and ask the other gang members to not kill them? What a fool. Only a crisis if it's a cop shooting black people, not when it's black on black. Everyone of those people he mentioned would be alive if they complied with police orders.

Mama1959
Mama1959

If this ain't a piece of shit.....

Wish505
Wish505

Everyday we are now seeing Bill of Rights and Constitution violated simply because of stupid fools like L. Clay and the socialist Democrats.

JMK2244
JMK2244

Anomie88: VERY well said and so right on!

Big Jess
Big Jess

Need to do some ridealongs with the police to see how much time you have to "deescalate" situations. That might change a few minds. Better yet, come walk the halls, units, and compounds of a few U.S. Penitentiaries for a couple of weeks.

ikaika
ikaika

Thank you, Anomie88, for your very moving response. It ought to be required reading for all elected politicians at every level.

Clay is a racist and so is his bill. He might as well have said that he wants to make it against the law for any LEO to shoot a black for any reason. Unfuckingbelievable.

starrman69
starrman69

"Please don't Kill BANG!! BANG!! BANG! BANG! me"... THUMP!!! Sure am relieved to be off the job...LEO's Watch Your Six, the Feds are "behind" you....sigh.....

Stanracer
Stanracer

If this legislation goes through you will either see a lot more police officers getting gunned down, or, you will see police officers getting fired for not following federal law. At least they will still be alive. Terrible idea.👎🤔

shamrocm
shamrocm

U.S. Representative William “Lacy” Clay (D-Missouri) is a total asshole.

hades67348
hades67348

traveled all over the world.and also served in law enforcement in Europe merica is the only country where police do deescalate situation of conflict

7kpd
7kpd

The real problem is the people who vote for idiots like this man and those who don't vote at all. It's sick and getting sicker out there.

Trump 2020
Trump 2020

This law will never pass

Trump 2020
Trump 2020

Fuck Clay and all Dumbocrats

skeeter
skeeter

Has this idiot ever been out on patrol and experienced what happens in the streets? I think not.

Barryt
Barryt

F You Clay!

REALITY_CHECK
REALITY_CHECK

How fu*king stupid can Democrats really be? Good luck getting it pass the SCOTUS...

Deb35802
Deb35802

As soon as I read the headline I knew that it was proposed by a out of touch with reality DemoRat! This kind of thinking crap emerged back in the 1960s and has only gotten worse!

Raymelson
Raymelson

Are these folks for real how in hell do these idoits get elected

Excop4life
Excop4life

Stupidest thing I ever heard

motorcop.55
motorcop.55

This jackass is another example of the stupidity of the Liberal Leftist mindset.., totally unglued !!!

Chaplain  Five  O
Chaplain Five O

🤦‍♂️

VGC
VGC

Here's another imbecile from the Commiefornia school of how to attempt to ruin your state and country. This idiot will never get of the ground after making up a stupid law in his brainless head. Please God save us from this kind of creature!

lauraaz
lauraaz

Was this member of congress born stupid, or does he have to work at it day after day. Let's hope the "Show me state" has now been shown how stupid they were to elect this person without a brain.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

This sounds almost as intelligent as Boogers.

Scattered
Scattered

Well let's make LEO's jobs even more UNSAFE Jackass. Go ride with them for a day or 2 or a week and then come tell us what you think! What a moron!

Happyfamily911
Happyfamily911

I am beyond speechless. I can't even muster up the words to be sarcastic. Every time I open my mouth no words form that is how speechless I am. I have always said I would vote Democrat or Republican IF the candidate appears to be a good and honest person that has some, if not all, the same beliefs as I do but, right now the Democrats are just proving to be ******* stupid!!! Can they not see that these "black this and black that" laws are creating nothing more than more racial dividing between the races? Having LEO's asking that stupid statement...? Why don't the black politicians have the black people, before they commit a crime, tell their soon to be victims "I won't kill you." Or any race for that matter. Are victims ever listened to as they beg for their lives before they are murdered? White, black, brown or yellow victim what criminal listens? I love this country but we are being ruled by a bunch of brainless idiots.

Digger15108
Digger15108

I swallowed of the Scrabble tiles from my game. My shit makes more sense than him.

unholyone
unholyone

What's really scary is that idiots and crazies like Clay get elected and re-elected. Prime example: Rep. Hank Johnson. Remember him? Guam going to tip and sink if we put more troops there.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

Oh my God!

ajl1957
ajl1957

Morons

Colombiano
Colombiano

Is never the pos's fault!!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

This has got to be FAKE NEWS! Lawmakers certainly aren't the brightest bulbs..but this is ridiculous from word one! How did he get elected? And how is he serving the people?

Tailgator
Tailgator

If brains were cotton he couldn't make a tampon for a ameba !

Boatswain71-99
Boatswain71-99

Bless his heart, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

#1.) Only answer your calls, #2.) give that call all of your due diligence, no matter how innocuous, #3.) Milk that call til it hurts, #4.) let the city burn.

That what I tell my officers. Proactive policing is a thing of the past. This will all sort itself out in the communities that hat police. Youknowwhutimean Verne?

observer1
observer1

As dumb as he is imagine how ignorant his supporters are.