Should grants be awarded to states that train officers on fair and impartial policing?

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Bill Summary

This bill authorizes the Department of Justice to award grants to states that (1) require law enforcement officers to be trained on fair and impartial policing (e.g., diversity and anti-bias training), and (2) require an independent prosecutor to be appointed to investigate and prosecute an alleged offense involving the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer that results in a death or injury. Sponsor: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Democrat, Illinois) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

  "The Democrats and radical left are going to defund, dismantle departments, take away officers’ liability protection for doing their job, and then they are going to take away their physical protection from harm. We will be lucky to have a police force in America in 10 years." Source: Rep. Greg Steube (Republican, Florida, District 17)

  "Community policing is based on this false notion that knowledge keeps people safe, that if the police just knew the people who they were surveilling and harassing, that they could somehow police safer." Source: Derecka Purnell (Lawyer, Activist, and Writer)

Proponents say

  "We are grateful to the majority of law enforcement officers who bravely serve our cities and towns, but we cannot turn a blind eye to the pervasive problem when officers abuse their authority and engage in the excessive use of force. The Police Training and Independent Review Act provides officers with important training and resources to better understand the diverse communities they serve, while also encouraging independent investigations into wrong-doing by officers. This legislation will help to bridge the trust gap between communities and police officers." Source: Sen. Ed Markey (Democrat, Massachusetts)

  "When law enforcement and local communities don’t trust each other, it makes all of us less safe, and it can lead to tragic and deadly violence against innocent people. This is happening far too often, and Congress has to do more to solve this problem… I’m proud to support this bill to bring new resources to communities around the country that would help law enforcement better protect and serve the public, and hold them accountable when they don’t adhere to the training they’ve received." Source: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat, New York)