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house Bill H.R. 1102

If a Police Officer Commits Murder, Should it be a Federal Crime?

Argument in favor

Making it a federal crime for a police officer to commit murder or manslaughter would ensure that state and local investigations aren’t bungled, allowing a guilty officer to go free. Civil rights investigations alone have proven to be insufficient in the past.

Cary's Opinion
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04/09/2015
No one is above the law, even Steven Seagal. If a police officer commits murder, the most fair trial will be found on the federal level, rather than locally.
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Howard's Opinion
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04/09/2015
I agree that local courts can not be trusted to administer justice involving their own police departments.
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Jake's Opinion
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04/09/2015
Just because cops have higher authority does not mean that the crime they commit are any less severe than if a regular citizen committed the crime.
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Argument opposed

State and local law enforcement agencies know their officers and districts far better than the federal government does. They are the ones who need to be conducting investigations to ensure that the nuances of each case are acknowledged.

Jamie's Opinion
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04/13/2015
Six of the most dangerous words in the human language are "there ought to be a law". Anyone who has dealt with the federal government knows that expecting competence, fairness, and and efficiency from them is laughable. Let the states do their job.
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JonRunyan's Opinion
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04/11/2015
The protection of double jeopardy — provided by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution — does not preclude the federal government from prosecuting an offense that a state or local government prosecuted leading to an acquittal. Double jeopardy does prevent citizens from being prosecuted again for the same crime after being acquitted by a jury.
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Lee's Opinion
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04/25/2015
If the officer was a local or state law enforcement official why would that be a federal crime. I think that allowing that would open the door that would make all law enforcement officers fall under federal jurisdiction which is not constitutional.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 26th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 1102?

This bill would expand the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ability to investigate misconduct by state and local police officers. It would do so by making it a federal crime for law enforcement officers to "commit first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter, and other violent crimes."

The DOJ would be able to bring charges against officers for these violent acts as a result of its investigation. Civil rights investigations would still be encouraged, but would be in addition to a murder or manslaughter investigation.

Impact

State and local law enforcement officers under investigation for murder or manslaughter, people who experience violence at the hands of police officers, and the Department of Justice.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1102

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note: This legislation was introduced in response to killings of unarmed persons by police officers in MissouriNew York, and Ohio — with a similar case having emerged in the public eye across the country, most notably in South Carolina. In both the Missouri and New York cases, grand juries declined to indict the officers.

A Department of Justice civil rights investigation into the Missouri shooting found that while the evidence did not support charges against the officer, the Ferguson, Missouri police department had violated the constitutional rights of the city’s residents.


In-Depth: An identical version of this bill was introduced in December 2014, but it did not progress before the end of the 114th Congress.

The protection of double jeopardy — provided by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution — does not preclude the federal government from prosecuting an offense that a state or local government prosecuted leading to an acquittal. Double jeopardy does prevent citizens from being prosecuted again for the same crime after being acquitted by a jury.


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AKA

Police Accountability Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a penalty for assault or homicide committed by certain State or local law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.

    No one is above the law, even Steven Seagal. If a police officer commits murder, the most fair trial will be found on the federal level, rather than locally.
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    Six of the most dangerous words in the human language are "there ought to be a law". Anyone who has dealt with the federal government knows that expecting competence, fairness, and and efficiency from them is laughable. Let the states do their job.
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    I agree that local courts can not be trusted to administer justice involving their own police departments.
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    Just because cops have higher authority does not mean that the crime they commit are any less severe than if a regular citizen committed the crime.
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    "There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people."
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    The protection of double jeopardy — provided by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution — does not preclude the federal government from prosecuting an offense that a state or local government prosecuted leading to an acquittal. Double jeopardy does prevent citizens from being prosecuted again for the same crime after being acquitted by a jury.
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    If the officer was a local or state law enforcement official why would that be a federal crime. I think that allowing that would open the door that would make all law enforcement officers fall under federal jurisdiction which is not constitutional.
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    This bill is scary - it allows for the conviction of police officers if they make a wrong choice during what could be a life threatening confrontation. However, it is clear that the current state of things is allowing for abuse of power, which is never a good thing. I'm hopeful that these investigations will help balance the state of our society.
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    Shouldn't the enforcers of the law be also accountable to the law?
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    expanded the power of the federal government yet again? I don't think so.
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    In our society, we endow our law enforcement personnel with "extra" latitudes (with the law) to enforce our laws & to be agents of said law. In return, they are held to a higher (but different) set of laws. So, if murder is a crime for an Average Citizen & is prosecuted by the State; it holds true that a police officer committing murder would have have to be prosecuted by agents of the federal government (because officers of a State often cannot bring a case against other officer of State). This makes it a Federal crime -- pure & simple. I don't know why we're not already prosecuting them that way.
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    There is no need to overcomplicate our present judicial system. Murder is already a serious crime.
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    A murder is a murder no matter who commits the crime. We don't need any more federal involvement.
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    These killings are unjustifiable - they must stop.
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    Law enforcement and authorities should be charged with a federal crime for committing murder because there occupational responsibilities are to serve and protect. However, if authorities must utilize self defense in a emergency circumstance then that justifies the fact that the opposing individual was possibly murdered. We live in a dynamic global society and if any American commits murder then it should be a federal crime, I believe when you commit murder you deserve a consequence. I am American and police officers are American as well, if an American police officer commits murder there is no difference between me and him we have to follow the same laws and principles. Just because he has a badge on and a gun dose not make he or she above the law. The point is everyone should follow the law and if they commit murder they deserve a consequence.
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    There is NO REASON we need to make this a FEDERAL crime! These killings are properly the responsibility of the states to prosecute. We've recently seen how "justice" is all too easily PERVERTED by the federal government. We've also seen the Left's war on cops. Let's just keep these killings by police officers under the umbrella of the TENTH AMENDMENT: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
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    It should be done as with other crimes. The jurisdiction is responsible for prosecution.
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    Local and state governments would obviously be biased in favor of giving more lenient punishments to police officers who commit murder. The federal government would serve as a more objective arbitrator of justice.
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    I believe that no one should be excluded from the law, if you commit murder you must be charged with murder. officer involved murders are becoming frequent and should be handled correctly. a uniform and title should not give them any type of exclusion.
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    There is no need for the federal government to have more power
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