During Monday’s City Council Work Session, our elected officials discussed the direction they were going to give our legislative delegation in Austin. To which, I suspect, our delegation will reply, “Yeah, I’ll get right on that.”
Nonetheless, City Council feels obligated to let their often misguided voice be heard.
The El Paso Police Department, in turn, felt like they needed to tell City Council what was important to them. That slide above shows what pending possible legislation the local cops oppose.
The El Paso Police Department is opposed to legislation that prohibits neck restraints except when deadly force might be required.
The El Paso Police Department is opposed to legislation that removes qualified immunity. Qualified immunity is the controversial policy that exempts cops from civil lawsuits if they break the law or violate your rights while performing their duties.
The El Paso Police Department is opposed to legislation that calls for the revision of asset forfeiture laws, which are often used to seize large amounts of cash from people, even if those people are never charged with a crime.
The El Paso Police Department is opposed to legislation that calls for cite and release mandates, like the City of El Paso currently uses for low level marijuana busts.
The El Paso Police Department is opposed to these laws that are collectively labeled Police Justice Reform Bills. The El Paso Police Department is against police justice reform.
The El Paso Police Department is, however, in favor of re-hiring cops who murder handcuffed prisoners in the sallyport of the El Paso County Jail. The El Paso Police Department also condones the execution of citizens in their own homes if the police decide they want to visit.