Dean Phillips on Crime



Enhance public safety by funding for police departments

I salute those public servants who put on a uniform and risk their lives to protect and serve us, and I believe we can enhance public safety by providing funding for police departments and other first responders for the recruitment and retention of the best and the brightest from our communities, for up-to-date training practices and access to necessary equipment, and for mental health services for community members and first responders alike.
Source: 2022 MN-3 House campaign website PhillipsForCongress.org , Oct 20, 2023

George Floyd Act: change the culture of law enforcement

Phillips voted to pass H.R. 7120, The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, including:
  1. Make Policing Safer: Ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, two practices that have been directly responsible for the tragic deaths of American citizens. In addition, the legislation would require that police officers use deadly force only as a last resort.
  2. Change the Culture of Law Enforcement: Prohibit racial and religious profiling, fund new training programs, and create a national accreditation system for police departments.
  3. Improve Transparency: Create a nationwide police misconduct registry to prevent problematic officers from quietly moving from one jurisdiction to another.
  4. Improve Accountability: Hold police officers accountable for misconduct by ending "qualified immunity" for law enforcement.
  5. Encourages Innovation: Grants for communities who wish to develop innovative approaches to public safety.
Source: 2020 MN-3 House campaign website phillips.house.gov , Jun 25, 2020

Prosecute and deport violent criminals

Dean believes that anyone who commits a serious or violent crime should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, without exception, and undocumented immigrants should be deported after serving their time. Local law enforcement should be focused on stopping the real threats to public safety--violent crime, gangs and terrorists--rather than enforcing federal immigration law.
Source: 2018 MN-3 House campaign website PhillipsForCongress.org , Apr 28, 2020

Stricter rules for law enforcement accountability.

Phillips voted YEA George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

This bill addresses policing practices and law enforcement accountability:

Rep. Elise Stefanik in OPPOSITION (3/1/21): I voted against H.R. 1280--this bill poses a grave danger to law-abiding police officers, as it would eliminate qualified immunity protections, lower the standard for federal civil rights lawsuits, and limit access to necessary equipment during emergencies and natural disasters. Democrats rushed this bill to the House Floor without accepting any input from Republicans, expert testimony, or significant data. I am proud to sponsor the JUSTICE Act with Senator Tim Scott, to provide necessary reforms to end police brutality while protecting our law-abiding officers.

OnTheIssues explanation of `qualified immunity`: `Qualified immunity` means that police officers (and other government officials) cannot be sued for actions on duty, unless knowingly taking unreasonable actions. This bill would limit `qualified immunity,` which means the family in cases like George Floyd`s could sue the police for civil damages.

Biden Administration in SUPPORT (3/1/21): We must begin by rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the people they are entrusted to serve and protect. We cannot rebuild that trust if we do not hold police officers accountable for abuses of power and tackle systemic misconduct--and systemic racism--in police departments.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 220-212-0 on March 3, 2021, rollcall #60; received in Senate on March 9; no further Senate action during 2021.

Source: Congressional vote 21-HR1280 on Feb 24, 2021

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