|Police rape of residents outlawed?||Yes||Yes|
|Qualified immunity limited?||Yes||No|
|School info sharing with “gang” database limited?||Yes||Yes|
|Government use of face surveillance banned?||Temporary, plus RMV||Permanent, minus RMV|
|Local discretion on whether to have police in schools?||Yes||No|
|Local elected official approval process for military equipment acquisition by police?||Yes||No|
|Chokeholds outlawed if intent or result of unconsciousness or death?||Yes||Yes|
|No-knock warrants limited?||Yes||Yes|
|Data collection on police traffic and pedestrian stops to prevent profiling?||Yes||No|
The Senate bill (except for only having a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology), is the better bill, though it doesn’t go far enough. Neither bill outlaws all police rape, chokeholds, tear gas, other chemical irritants, or the use of dogs at protests. Nor do they end qualified immunity, information sharing of schools with the police and ICE, the military equipment to police pipeline, no-knock warrants, or civil asset forfeitures. Both would still allow police officers to be stationed in our schools or require police to collect data on all of their stops.
The House will start debate on this bill today or tomorrow at the latest. Now is the time to contact your House Rep. and tell them to amend H.4860 to at least make it as good as the Senate bill and preferably better. You can find your House Rep’s phone number at https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator.