Claim: The legislation reforms qualified immunity.
Fact: The legislation creates a task force to discuss qualified immunity and related issues. Law enforcement has several representatives on this commission.
Claim: The legislation was “devised to destroy law enforcement and empower criminals.”
Fact: The legislation creates additional protections for good officers, with increased training, mental health support, and legal protections to prevent retaliation against officers who prevent or report police abuses.
It also creates additional procedures to protect the rights of people who have been accused but not convicted of crimes, including clearer rules about allowing people who have been arrested to make phone calls and new legal responsibilities for law enforcement to provide appropriate medical assistance to anyone in their custody – particularly pregnant women.
Claim: This is a bill that will remove police from actively patrolling.
Fact: Nothing in this legislation prohibits or discourages active patrolling. It does, however, increase training to help law enforcement better respond to crises and understand how to appropriately use force in dangerous situations.
Claim: The legislation eliminates felony murder.
Fact: The legislation does not eliminate felony murder, but only makes agreed upon clarifications to whom it applies.
Claim: The legislation eliminates funding for law enforcement agencies.
Fact: The legislation does not reduce funding for law enforcement. In fact, it creates a financial incentive to law enforcement agencies that try to meet state deadlines for adopting body camera use.
Claim: The legislation enacts significant changes to keep criminals in custody.
Fact: The system makes minor changes to update sentencing law, most notably prohibiting the practice of revoking someone’s driver’s license for failure to pay fees. This practice makes it difficult for people to maintain employment and pay their fees and other bills.
Claim: The legislation makes significant changes to law enforcement’s ability to arrest criminals.
Fact: The legislation makes changes to increase trust between law enforcement and the community and to ensure that potentially deadly force is only used when an individual presents a threat to others. For example, someone can’t be arrested for “resisting arrest” unless there is an underlying crime that would justify making an arrest in the first place.