Protect & Serve not Intimidate & Abuse Petition

Georgia Legislators

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We at Moral Monday Georgia believe that all deserve to be seen and treated equally in the eyes of the law. We are very concerned that black and brown bodies continue to experience police brutality, mass incarceration, racial profiling, and excessive police tactics at an alarmingly higher rate than white Georgians.

We believe that Georgia must do better. There are far too many young black and brown Georgians that go through their lives feeling unsafe, feeling a target on their backs.

Just this past year in Habersham, Georgia law enforcement used a “No Knock” warrant to storm an innocent family’s dwelling and in the process tossed a concussion grenade into Baby Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh crib. This ended up almost claiming the baby’s life, blowing his face off.

In 2006 police used a “No Knock” warrant to break down the door of 92-yearold Atlanta resident Kathryn Jonhston and fired 39 shots at her, killing her. Later they planted drugs on her to justify the horrendous act.

Our communities don’t need urban tanks and other military equipment that we are used to seeing in a war zone. We believe the mere presence and training that come with this unnecessary equipment makes our communities less safe and increases potential for human and civil rights violations.

This legislative session a broad Law Enforcement Reform package is being introduced by a diverse group of Georgia law makers. We call on members of the Georgia House and Senate to pass all six bills. We believe this package will make Georgians safer, reduce the number of lawsuits for taxpayers, and reduce the amount of unnecessary equipment (like urban tanks) and the cost to taxpayers associated with them. Institutional racism and the troubling trend toward a militarized police state runs deep and will not be solved overnight; we believe these bills are a step in the right direction.

Below are the eight bills that make up the Georgia Law Enforcement Reform Package:

-SB 45 (Fort, 39th) – “Bou Bou’s Law ”

This legislation would restrict no-knock warrants to situations where the affidavit or testimony supporting the warrant establishes by probable cause that if an officer were to knock and announce identity and purpose before entry, such act of knocking and announcing would likely pose a significant and imminent danger to human life or imminent danger of evidence being destroyed.

-SB 46 (Fort, 39th) – Police Body Cameras

This legislation would require all police departments officers with wearable cameras by 2017. It would also instruct the Department of Public Safety to create procedures for grants to small or underfunded police departments, subject to funding.

-SB 47 (Fort, 39th) – Hate Crimes

This legislation would increase criminal penalties for crimes committed against an individual intentionally selected because of such individual's race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin. Increased penalties would mimic the increased penalties for crimes against senior citizens.

-SB 48 (Fort, 39th) – No Guns for Violent Felons

Prohibit restoration of gun rights to convicted felons who had been convicted of violent crimes, sexual offenses, or crimes involving firearms

-SB 49 (Fort, 39th) – Stand Your Ground Repeal

Repeal Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law

-SB 50 (Fort, 39th) – Special Prosecutor for Police Cases

This legislation would require the appointment of a special prosecutor for cases when a police officer is the suspect

Pending Bills

*Police demilitarization

*Require police to report civilian deaths to GBI

Moral Monday Georgia is a multi-racial, inter-generational, interfaith coalition that believes as Georgians our destinies are tied to each other and that we cannot afford to leave communities behind as Georgia moves forward. Forward together, not one step back!

Petition by
Atuarra McCaslin
Atlanta, Georgia
Sponsored by

To: Georgia Legislators
From: [Your Name]

We call on members of the Georgia House and Senate to pass all six bills. We believe this package will make Georgians safer, reduce the number of lawsuits for taxpayers, and reduce the amount of unnecessary equipment (like urban tanks) and the cost to taxpayers associated with them. Institutional racism and the troubling trend toward a militarized police state runs deep and will not be solved overnight; we believe these bills are a step in the right direction.

Below are the eight bills that make up the Georgia Law Enforcement Reform Package:

SB 45 (Fort, 39th) – “Bou Bou’s Law ”
This legislation would restrict no-knock warrants to situations where the affidavit or testimony supporting the warrant establishes by probable cause that if an officer were to knock and announce identity and purpose before entry, such act of knocking and announcing would likely pose a significant and imminent danger to human life or imminent danger of evidence being destroyed.

-SB 46 (Fort, 39th) – Police Body Cameras
This legislation would require all police departments officers with wearable cameras by 2017. It would also instruct the Department of Public Safety to create procedures for grants to small or underfunded police departments, subject to funding.

-SB 47 (Fort, 39th) – Hate Crimes
This legislation would increase criminal penalties for crimes committed against an individual intentionally selected because of such individual's race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin. Increased penalties would mimic the increased penalties for crimes against senior citizens.

-SB 48 (Fort, 39th) – No Guns for Violent Felons
Prohibit restoration of gun rights to convicted felons who had been convicted of violent crimes, sexual offenses, or crimes involving firearms

SB 49 (Fort, 39th) – Stand Your Ground Repeal
Repeal Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law

-SB 50 (Fort, 39th) – Special Prosecutor for Police Cases
This legislation would require the appointment of a special prosecutor for cases when a police officer is the suspect

Pending Bills
*Police demilitarization
*Require police to report civilian deaths to GBI

Moral Monday Georgia is a multi-racial, inter-generational, interfaith coalition that believes as Georgians our destinies are tied to each other and that we cannot afford to leave communities behind as Georgia moves forward. Forward together, not one step back!