This bill was introduced in the House as H.R.306 by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on January 13, 2015.

Summary

The National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act requires the Attorney General to collect comprehensive data from law enforcement agencies in all cases when an officer uses deadly force and make that data available to the public. Law enforcement agencies will also be required to keep these data records for at least four years. The Attorney General will reduce the amount a noncompliant state or local government receives from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program by 10%. 

PFLAG Talking Points

  • LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, have been historically subject to police violence and brutality. This bill aims to hold law enforcement agencies accountable for acts of violence and decrease that violence.
  • Many LGBTQ people are also members of other communities vulnerable to police violence and brutality. People of color, low income communities, and immigrant communities are more likely to experience violence from police than their peers.
  • Law enforcement agencies must be trustworthy to minority populations and able to work with them effectively. By cultivating transparency in law enforcement agencies, this bill will help pinpoint areas where law enforcement agencies need to improve in order to protect and serve all citizens. If improvements are made, relations between law enforcement and minority populations will become less tense.
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