George Floyd act
I am writing on behalf of the Ohio State Troopers Association, which is the exclusive bargaining representative for the troopers, sergeants, dispatchers, and electronic technicians of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. I write on behalf of my almost 1,800 members to urge you to vote NO on the George Floyd Act, as passed by the House of Representatives. Every law enforcement officer was aghast at what happened to George Floyd. The actions taken by Officer Chauvin were beyond the scope of his authority and in his case, Qualified Immunity should not apply. However, actions taken by law enforcement are often taken with split-second decision making and law enforcement officers never intend to make mistakes, but they are human. Qualified Immunity protects law-abiding law enforcement officers. It does not protect those officers who knowingly violate the law. Qualified Immunity protects the men and women, who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and state constitutions. Qualified Immunity does not prevent an officer from facing criminal and/or administrative investigations based on their on-duty actions. Eliminating the protection of Qualified Immunity will have a deeply chilling effect on police recruitment and retention. We need to keep qualified and well-trained law enforcement officers on the job. Eliminating this protection will drive many towards an early retirement and prevent many qualified candidates from applying to be a police officer. There are more proactive measures that can be taken to better law enforcement training and recruitment to ensure that law enforcement is given the proper tools to do their job. The law-abiding men and women who serve and protect us daily should be not be punished and subjected to potential civil liability when doing their job. Please vote no on the George Floyd Act.
First sent on March 11 by Ohio Troopers Coalition
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