If you live in Virginia, I feel for you. The elected officials of the Commonwealth have gone absolutely mad. They’ve launched an all out assault on the police officers in the state. They’ve launched an all out assault on the gun owners of the state as well.
If they succeed in ridding the police of power as well as disarming the gun owner community, it will quickly become one the most dangerous places in America.
The Democrats in Virginia Senate have proposed a list of police reforms. Some of them, I can actually agree with. Some of them are outright ludicrous.
For example, I can get on board with eliminating ‘No Knock Warrants’, or at least the ease of getting them, until they come up with a better plan to ensure they don’t just walk into the wrong house and shoot an innocent person.
What I cannot get on board with is 'defelonizing' assault on an officer and requiring warnings before shots fired, especially at the current time. There is a middle ground but, let's face it, Virginia politicians are not interested in middle ground.
Here is a list of proposals from the Virginia Democrats.
- Prohibit No Knock Warrants (Breonna Taylor)
- Ban Sex With Individuals Arrested by Law Enforcement*
- Prohibit Hiring of Officers Fired or Resigned During Use of Force Investigations
- Create a Decertification Procedure for Law Enforcement Officers*
- Ban chokeholds and strangleholds (George Floyd)
- Require Attempts at De-escalation Prior to Use of Force
- Require Warnings Before Shots Fired
- Require Law Enforcement to Exhaust All Other Means Prior to Shooting
- Create Duty to Intervene by Fellow Law Enforcement Officers
- Prohibit Shooting at Moving Motor Vehicles
- Require Departments to Create a Use of Force Continuum
- Require Comprehensive Reporting by All Law Enforcement Agencies Including Use of Force Data
- Defelonize Assault on Law Enforcement Officer (Return to Misdemeanor Offense)
- Cancel HB599 Funding (Virginia supplemental funding for local police departments) After Local Police Have Disproportionate Use of Force Incidents in their Jurisdiction
- Create Local Authority for a Marcus Alert System – System to Report Acute Mental Health Crises
- Create Local Option for Citizen Review Board Empowered to Investigate, Fire and/or Discipline Officers
- Confirm Prosecutors’ Authority to Drop Charges*
- Enhance Courts’ Ability to Expunge Charges for Dismissed Charges, Substance Convictions and Pardoned Offenses*
- Prohibit Searches of Person or Vehicle Based on Odor of Marijuana Without Probable Cause for Other Offenses*
- Prohibit Stops for Equipment Violations Not Covered by State Vehicle Inspection
- Secondary Offense For Dangling Objects, Extinguished Tag Light, Tinted Windows or Loud Exhaust
- Jury Sentencing Only at Option of the Accused*
- Eliminate Commonwealth’s Right to Demand Jury Trial When Jury Trials Suspended for State of Emergency*
- Require Agencies to Determine Cost Savings for Introduced Criminal Justice Legislation
- Allow Earned Sentence Credit for Good Behavior During Prison*
- Create Discretion for Compassionate Release for Terminally Ill or Permanently Disabled Prisoners*
- Virginia Rental Assistance Fund for Families Economically Impacted by COVID
- Require and Reimburse Localities for Postage Prepaid Envelopes for Absentee Voting*
*Represents legislation introduced in prior sessions
There needs to be some work on police reform and most have agreed on that for years. Defunding police and decriminalizing attacks on police is not the answer, especially in a state that is removing the individual's right to protect themselves.
What are your thoughts?