ACTION ALERT! Stop Racial Profiling & Police Brutality in Connecticut!

HB 5437, Rep. Matt Ritter’s racial profiling bill, was passed by the Appropriations Committee May 11 by a 35-19 vote, and will now be debated by the General Assembly. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=5437

Rep. Bruce Morris talked at a March 20 Judiciary Committee public hearing about being racially profiled by the police. Morris became emotional as he called for the passage of H.B. 5437, which includes the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act traffic stop receipt amendment. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/rep-bruce-morris-passionately-supports-h-b-5437-urban-lawmakers-hold-police-accountable/ This provision requires that patrol officers give motorists a copy of the traffic stop report they must fill out. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language/
The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus has revived the provision in S.B. 1109 which calls for all police officers in Connecticut to wear body cameras. http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Police-body-camera-bill-is-revived-6279740.php

The March 27 Judiciary Committee meeting included debate on bills aimed at addressing police violence. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/JUDdata/ca/2015ca-00327-R001200JUD-ca.htm Rep. Ritter has introduced another bill in response to an incident where former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville was racially profiled in his own driveway. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/i-was-racially-profiled-in-my-own-driveway/360615/

H.B. 6863 An Act Concerning The Enforcement Of Ordinances Related To Public Health And Welfare would ban a patrol officer from traveling outside of his jurisdiction to enforce town ordinances, such as the one this West Hartford cop used to harass Glanville.

Call and email your legislators and urge them to support Rep. Ritter’s bills and the other aforementioned anti-police brutality bills. You can find your State Representative/Senator and their contact info on the CGA website. http://www.cga.ct.gov/default.asp

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2 Responses to “ACTION ALERT! Stop Racial Profiling & Police Brutality in Connecticut!”

  1. Debbie Says:

    It’s just pure wrong so please stop it!!

  2. David Samuels Says:

    No doubt.

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