2024: Limiting Contact Between Police and the Public

Memo of Support for CA SB 912

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Tue, 02/06/2024 - 16:43

Memo of support for California Senate Bill 912, the Requiring Objective and Accurate Drug (ROAD) Testing Act, by Senator Scott Wiener. This measure would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using the results of a colorimetric field drug test as probable cause for arrest or as the basis for a drug possession charge prior to a confirmatory test from a crime laboratory.

Reducing Law Enforcement's Footprint to Maximize Community Safety: Eliminating Police-Based Response to Low Level Traffic Violations and Mental Health Crises

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Tue, 02/06/2024 - 16:40

This white paper provides an overview of the harms that flow from relying on law enforcement for civil traffic violations and crisis intervention. These two arenas account for a significant portion of police-civilian contacts and, in turn, a significant portion of civilian deaths at the hands of police. In 2021 alone, police killed at least 1,140 people. 117 of those people were killed after police stopped them for a traffic violation, and 104 were killed after police responded to reports of erratic behavior or mental health crisis.

Arizona HB 2134

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 17:28

Classifies flight from police in a car as a class 4 felony (or a class 2 felony if the flight results in a serious injury; if there was a minor in the car; or if the driver was DUI). Includes flight from marked police cars and unmarked police cars (if the person fleeing knew it was a police car or evidence shows they should've known it was a police car)

California SB 912

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 16:07

Prohibits the use of a colorimetric field drug test, as defined, by law enforcement for a determination of probable cause for an arrest, by a prosecutor when deciding whether to charge a person, or by a court for a conviction or sentencing, as specified.