Though intended to address the issue of police misconduct, we opposed a piece of legislation introduced on behalf of the Attorney General which could have given the state more power to investigate those protesting or organizing against police abuse. Among other concerning provisions, the bill would have allowed for the interrogation of any individual who may have information about potential unlawful activities and impose up to a $10,000 fine if they do not comply. We noted that this could be used against those organizing against police misconduct and urged rejection of the bill as written. Thankfully, while the bill passed the Senate, it died in the House.
Office of the Civil Rights Advocate (H 5860, S 729)
Representative Robert Craven and Senator Ana Quezada
Passed Senate, Died in House