Exceptions to Suspicious Behavior and Probable Cause

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Impact: 
ACHIEVE: Protection of our fourth amendment rights and demands additional substation by law enforcement before engaging in the use of physical or lethal force. A subject that has led to much racial profiling and countless protests and violence against police brutality since at least the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. IMPACT: All American citizens, and particularly those not versed in law and inner city residents

Debate Summary

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Bill proposition to add the following guidance:

STATISTICAL CRIMINAL DATA COLLECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT SHALL NOT BE USED TO ESTABLISH SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR OR PROBABLE CAUSE ON THE BASIS OF RACE

APPEARING NERVOUS, DISMISSIVE, OR UNWILLING TO COOPERATE SHALL NOT BE USED AS A BASIS FOR ESTABLISHING SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR OR PROBABLE CAUSE

ANY OFFICER THAT USES THE AFORE MENTIONED AS A BASIS FOR ARREST, OR THE USE OF PHYSICAL, OR LETHAL FORCE IS SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTY

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supporteD by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things being seized.” ~ Bill of Rights, Fourth Amendment.

The ambiguous interpretation of suspicious behavior and probable cause results in the legal use of excessive force by law enforcement

Additional Information

Additional Description: 
In the wake of the recent George Floyd protests, and in review of prior high profile cases of police brutality against unarmed citizens, it occurred to me that officers are completely within the law in carrying out these acts. It is the responsibility of law enforcement to enforce the law, so where there is malpractice that is not considered as such in court, there must be a problem with the law. So, rather than wait for the next violent act sparking more protest and civil unrest, it’s time to add real clarity to the law, and remove this ambiguity that is the root cause of much interrogation and police violence without any criminal recompense to the officers involved.

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Officers are exposed and held accountable when PR is bad, to avoid adding clarity to the law
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Though the Floyd incident was horrible, so is putting our police at risk and hampering them from doing their job.
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Appearing nervous, dismissive, or unwilling to cooperate IS suspicious behavior.
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1 month ago
Supreme Court rulings have maintained the flexibility of probable cause to empower officers to better protect
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N. Khawaja
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Officers are exposed and held accountable when PR is bad, to avoid adding clarity to the law

Opposing (3)
Though the Floyd incident was horrible, so is putting our police at risk and hampering them from doing their job.