Meagan Hockaday Act Update: We Don’t Support Weak Bills

Meagan Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. Garcia has not been charged.  The Community Party’s Meagan Hockaday Act includes enhanced criminal penalties for excessive use of force by the police against mentally ill people and individuals in crisis, in addition to whenever children are present. Our legislation is based on a new international approach to policing, based on a successful model in the United Kingdom and Canada that emphasizes de-escalation and treatment.
Legislators have amended our bill to the point that it no longer resembles our original concept, so we will not support it going forward. The bill now moving through the Connecticut General Assembly is not the Meagan Hockaday Act: like the so-called police reform bill that lawmakers passed last year, it is weak legislation that actually protects the police. Police departments are not complying with the body camera provision in the legislation that was passed last year. We’re not interested in just passing bills, our goal is real reform. Check out CP’s legislative package at our No Sellout blog.

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