'PEACE Act' Could Require Police To Ask Active Shooters To Stop Killing People

The Democrat-sponsored PEACE Act aimed at reforming federal law enforcement use-of-force policies has dire consequences.

Washington, DC – The head of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association (FLEOA) said that the PEACE Act legislation proposed by Democrats in Congress would have hampered law enforcement’s response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

PEACE, in this case, stands for Police Exercising Absolute Care with Everyone.

FLEOA President Larry Cosme called the bill proposed by U.S. Representatives Lacy Clay (D-Missouri) and Ro Khanna (D-California) “politically motivated legislation” in a press release on Wednesday.

“It is past time to end a legal standard for use of force that permits Americans to be killed as a first resort – rather than only when absolutely necessary - and with little accountability,” Khanna said in a press statement announcing the proposed changes to federal law.

“This disproportionately impacts African Americans, who make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population but account for 25 percent of those Americans tragically shot and killed by police each year,” he continued. “Immediately resorting to lethal force rather than using proven de-escalation tactics increases risks for both citizens and police officers. We have to do more than change the rhetoric: we have to change the laws.”

The PEACE Act’s authors have touted the bill as “groundbreaking use-of-force reform legislation” in press releases, but Cosme called the measure “ignorant of the reality” of what’s happening during incidents in which a use of force is necessary.

“The legislation introduced by Representatives Lacy Clay and Ro Khanna is an insult to law enforcement that will inhibit their ability to maintain the peace rather than protect it, as the name suggests,” Cosme said. “The PEACE Act itself, as well as the rhetoric surrounding its introduction, imply that federal law enforcement use deadly force as a first resort.”

“This is outrageous considering that in 2017 an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes were reported, 987 of these cases involved lethal use of force by police. Of these, 95 percent of individuals were armed. Law enforcement officers use force when necessary to protect the public and themselves and discouraging them from doing so is dangerous,” he continued.

“Furthermore, the proposed legislation seems ignorant of the reality of the situation in which force is necessary,” Cosme explained. “Situations escalate in seconds and law enforcement are often called to the scene of already volatile situations. Under this legislation, law enforcement must take the time to conclude the age, language, physical and mental condition of an active threat before even issuing conditional warnings to the individual.”

Clay bragged in the press announcement that “our new legislation would prohibit the use of deadly force by federal law enforcement unless no other reasonable alternative exists.”

But Cosme said federal law enforcement already subscribes to the objective reasonableness standard held by the courts.

He pointed out that the PEACE Act ignores existing established legal precedents and policies.

”This legislation also neglects established precedent and policy on use of force which officers and agents dutifully follow in nearly every situation,” Cosme said. “Graham v. Connor, a unanimous Supreme Court decision, held that an objective reasonableness standard should be applied when determining the proper level of force. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s official policy regarding use of force already requires agents only use deadly force when necessary to protect against the imminent threat of death of serious bodily injury.”

“All agencies have similar policies tailored to their mission,” he explained. “For example, the U.S. Marshals Service has three-pages of policy regarding use of force for escaped prisoners. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center also teaches de-escalation techniques at all basic classes with hours of training on the legal ramifications of use of force.”

“Protections for the public are already in place. In the moment of life or death, law enforcement does not need additional parameters for action, they need to trust their intuition and years of training,” he said.

Cosme said the proposed PEACE Act would not make Americans’ lives safer, and might actually do the opposite.

“In fact, if these conditions were used in the Dayton, Ohio or other mass shootings these incidents may have been exacerbated by a delayed law enforcement response due to parameters outlined in this politically motivated legislation,” he warned.

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Heezels
Heezels

“PEACE, in this case, stands for Police Exercising Absolute Care with Everyone.” Lol these dems should be fired for that stupid act name alone.

PickyBiker
PickyBiker

Now if these bozos were the next target of an active shooter, do you suppose they would want a cop to ask the shooter to stop killing people? If they did, the cops wouldn't know the answer until the guy either stopped, or shot them. My guess is he would shoot them and then the cop would shoot the shooter. All this stupid law would do is add extra victims before the shooter is taken down. How stupid can these Dems get?

les0060
les0060

Who are these people, where do they think this crap up. Don't you see what happening in America it falling through the cracks. This is the problem!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

There is apparently no text of this bill available to the public currently. When there is, it will be here.

For now, all it gives is the Title... "H.R.4359 - To provide that a Federal law enforcement officer may not use deadly force or less lethal force unless such force is necessary, to encourage States to adopt similar laws or policies, and for other purposes."

rkb3119
rkb3119

It is to the point where all law enforcement should just move on to other jobs and let things sort themselves out.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

It seems like the Democrats give one another homework assignments that are submitted via time/tax wasting proposals and officially advertised to the masses via media. A good little follower can thus demonstrate a willingness to support anything that undermines a sensible method of effectiveness. By completing the empty task, a person shows they will sacrifice their dignity and judgement, and can be trusted to deliver the party line. Police are a target because they get in the way with their pesky tendency to put the general public’s safety ahead of emotional gestures of vote-begging.

Justretired
Justretired

Sometimes all you can do is laugh.

JBo
JBo

“It is past time to end a legal standard for use of force that permits Americans to be killed as a first resort..."

I must have missed that legal standard class when I went through training.

DNW
DNW

Bill is founded on false premises: Lethal force is already the last resort, not the 'first'(?!) resort. More whites than blacks are killed by law enforcement every year. The Open-Season-On-Black-People narrative has already been thoroughly debunked. Sounds like they recruited Barney to help them not only come up with the name of the bill but to write it, as well.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

How did the lawmakers fill their ranks with so many retards?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Words simply can't describe how stupid the IDEA of presenting that bill is. I am picturing an active shooting situation... 'Hey Deadeye (negotiator talking to sniper) do you have a shot?" Deadeye says "Yes I do!" Negotiator says "Okay let me first ask the shooter if he will pretty please quit shooting people, with a cherry on top." Shooter replies "FUCK YOU!" Negotiator to Deadeye "You still got him in your sights?" Deadeye says "Nope"

LEO0301
LEO0301

If only black politicians would be so concerned about the crazy number of black people killing other blacks or the high number of black abortions or the number of black children born out of wedlock.

catman1
catman1

And these are the people who are the "ruling class" so to speak?? Nothing but ignoramuses!!

skeeter
skeeter

These people are mentally sick.

old white man
old white man

Using lethal force as a last resort should be common sense, anyway. It's sad that we would even NEED a law but I guess we do.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Put those two legislators out on patrol and see how long they last following their own "law"

Blondewithabrain
Blondewithabrain

When I read this headline I couldnt help but laugh. I say police just ASK when the shooter is targeting Democrats! Bet their happy asses wouldnt come up with stupid crap like this then! I love our guys in blue but I couldnt blame any of you from walking away from your profession. You have been targets and now these idiots are putting you directly into the shooters sites.

Anomie88
Anomie88

“This disproportionately impacts African Americans, who make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population but account for 25 percent of those Americans tragically shot and killed by police each year." Why is it tragic? Because they were killed while shooting someone and the police did their job? Pathetic, tiring and inane. How about talking some sense to the people who are in your districts? No? Why, because it is easier to blame it on racism than actually taking a look in the mirror.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

If you really wanted to protect your BLM from being shot you would: A) Raise them to OBEY the law, ALL LAWS; B) Raise them to SHUT UP, stop running their fucking mouths when stopped by LEO; C) Raise them to FOLLOW LEO INSTRUCTIONS; and D) Raise them to GET A JOB rather than dealing drugs, running whores, stealing, raping and murdering. THERE PROBLEM SOLVED.

Ksgal
Ksgal

What a well thought out plan! That way more people can get shot and the Democrats have plenty of time to pass the crack pipe.👍🤦‍♀️

flybynight
flybynight

What's next, have the perp sign a document saying it's ok for the police to return fire?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I hope in the bill, that it also requires all LEO'S to say "pretty, pretty please, don't kill anyone".

RDD
RDD

And yet, Officers all over this country continue to vote these idiot's into office year after year. And expect something different every time. It's almost as if they want this.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Let’s just make the liberals happy. Here’s how... police departments will work like fire departments. They sit in the station house until a call comes in then, after the officers wake up, get dressed and get in their patrol car they can drive to the call, which by then all the action will be over, and they can take the report and make the caulk outline around the body. If the scene is still active upon arrival the police can wait a few blocks away, like the fire department, and then move in when everything has settled down. Just think of the cost savings in patrol vehicles, maintenance and fuel! I bet OIS drop considerably. Just leave the bad guys alone and they will leave you alone. Like Mom said, “Don’t go looking for trouble.”

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

More Democratic idiocy intended to destroy not only law and order but also this entire country.

Grog
Grog

Democrats are f**king wacked!

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

This is the absolute stupidest thing I have ever read. God help us all.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Last research I studied, in an Active Shooter situation - one shot every 8 seconds. "Excuse me 'Mr. Shooter'. If you will stop killing people perhaps we sit down and discuss this over a latte." Have people lost their damn minds? If an Active Shooter has my family pinned down, I hope someone has the cojones to put 5-6 rounds thru his forehead - QUICKLY. Don't talk. Shoot the bastard. That is not a matter of race. It is a matter of applying common sense to protecting the community. "Oh Lord, please keep all the stupid people from breeding. We're getting badly outnumbered down here."

Greg2668
Greg2668

Put these morons in a shooting situation and after they change their underwear ask them about how they would have ended the mayhem.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Who ever sponsored this bill has got to be dumber than a dam rock

Stanracer
Stanracer

More nutjob politicians acting like total idiots.🤔👎

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

I could be wrong, but I don't think this will phase hardened criminals. They only understand one thing!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

LEOs just simply need to yell "That's illegal! What you're doing is illegal!"

Dave Pierce
Dave Pierce

People Executed After Cops Emote

Jsmithdawson
Jsmithdawson

Call it the Genie Act. Have the just grant the nut job 3 wishes. Then it would be a whole new world.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I'm not even going to read this piece of dumbass legislation.

I want the dumbocrats, any of them, to do ride alongs with our nation's finest and pray a call doesn't go out.

Maybe then when they're in the middle of the actual conflict itself instead of sitting in Washington with their collective heads up their asses, they'll give this another look.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

How did we get from post Columbine the must take action rules even if you're the sole responding officer to an active shooter to this foolishness? I'd quit any department even thinking of implementing such a rule.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Finally found the actual bill. Delete the spaces... https://tinyurl.com/y 3 x v x 8 q y

I think this legislation will kill a lot of LEOs.

It requires LEOs to "exhaust other means", it requires LEOs to treat certain people differently...

(1) pregnant women; (2) children and youth under age 21 (3) elderly persons; (4) persons with mental, behavioral, or physical 21disabilities or impairments; (5) persons experiencing perceptual or cognitive 23impairments due to use of alcohol, narcotics, hallu-24cinogenic, or other drugs (6) persons suffering from a serious medical 1condition; and (7) persons with limited English proficiency.

It also would enact definitions for "REASONABLE ALTERNATIVES," "DEESCALATION TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES," and provide for "LIMITATION ON JUSTIFICATION DEFENSE" for Federal LEOs following Federal Law.

It's a bad bill, an anti-cop bill.

Southerngirl13
Southerngirl13

This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! I’m hoping they shoot first and ask questions later if it is my family being fired upon. please Mr. Shooter let’s sit down and discuss this over a beer. Seriously??!!! These people are nuts!!

bjeans77
bjeans77

How do you ask active shooters to stop killing if it’s past tense or they’re in the act??? Only democraps

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

I hope people wake up and vote these idiots out of office, it's not even about being on the right or left, this is common sense going out the window, limiting law enforcement actions and risking lives to score political points

GForce48
GForce48

BIG GLARING example: We can't entrust our collective security into the hands of Dems/libs/socialists as they don't have our safety and security as a priority for the American citizenry. They frustrate law enforcement officers on all levels by coddling, empowering and encouraging criminals and excusing criminal behavior!

RPG156
RPG156

When you approach life as if its a tic-tac-toe game... you will be amazed when your rooks, knights and bishops are cleared off the board and you find your king is in check...

807
807

The Democratic Gene Pool is almost empty.

DocUSNHC
DocUSNHC

It should be officially called "THE TWATWAFFLE ACT"... What liberal twatwaffle dreamed this one up? Lord help us. The gene pool has drained totally dry.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Clay is the same useless asshat that wanted the picture of police officers as pigs hung in the Capitol building. He's an absolute moron.

Patty1956
Patty1956

let it happen to them one time and see if the law would change, A BUNCH OF OUT OF TOUCH IDIOTS IN WASHINGTON

LynnSB
LynnSB

The most Ass a nine thing I have ever heard -- these F*cking Morons should be FIRED \ RELIVED of there Positions !!

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

That's asking the police to just go ahead and die. You can't reason with those thugs.