Kansas Bill Seeks to Legalize Police Retaliation


The Kansas House Standing Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice has introduced a bill that will require private citizens who file complaints against police officers to sign an affidavit, acknowledging that if their allegations are proven false, they can be charged with perjury, which is a felony charge.

Furthermore, this bill prohibits a Kansas law enforcement agency from opening an investigation into a complaint if another law enforcement agency has already investigated the complaint and found in favor of the officer.

In other words, this bill would allow police departments to arrest the people who file complaints against police officers. In Wichita, Kansas, complaints are almost always dismissed, by the Wichita Police Department, so, according to this bill and its vague wording, the WPD, could now go arrest the people who file complaints against their officers.

People in Wichita are already afraid to file complaints against the WPD, because the department has a well-known reputation for retaliating against those who do, and this bill would render such retaliation legal. Furthermore, the bill clearly prevents an outside agency, such as the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, from opening an investigation into an allegation that the WPD has already ruled upon.

According to the Racial Profiling Advisory Board, the WPD denied 100 out of 100 claims of racial profiling, ruling that each was a “false report”. If this bill had been law when those reports were made, everyone of those 100 people could have potentially faced a felony charge, and no other law enforcement agency would be permitted to investigate the allegations.

Sometimes, we see news stories where bills are badly misrepresented. This is not one of those stories. Here is the full text of the bill:

http://kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2698_00_0000.pdf

Who actually authored this bill remains unclear, as the bill was introduced by the House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice.

WPD

42 comments

  1. jb

    Transportation and Public Safety Budget Committee

    Hearings held in Room 142-S – State Capitol Bldg.

    http://kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/committees/ctte_h_trnsprt_pub_safety_bdgt_1/

    Patti Mills – Committee Assistant – 785 296-7641 – Room 274-W
    Email written testimony to: patti.mills@house.ks.gov

    Chair = Rep. Virgil Peck 785 296-7641 / 620-879-2334
    Vice Chair = Rep. Brett Hildabrand 785 296-7659 / 913 449-6697
    Ranking Minority Member = Rep. Gail Finney 785 296-7648 / 316-768-0615
    Members:

    Rep. Stephanie Clayton 785 296-7655 / 913 205-4970
    Rep. Joe Edwards 785 296-7640 / 316 619-3779
    Rep. Michael Houser 785 296-7679 / 620 704-3817
    Rep. Melanie Meier 785 296-7650 / 913-682-1512
    Rep. Reid Petty 785 296-7676 / 620 655-2406
    Rep. William Sutton 785 296-7676 / 913 488-1665
    virgil.peck@house.ks.gov,
    virgil@virgilpeck.com,
    brett.hildabrand@house.ks.gov,
    hildabrand2010@gmail.com,
    gail.finney@house.ks.gov,
    gafinney@yahoo.com,
    stephanie.clayton@house.ks..gov,
    stephaniesawyerclayton@gmail.com,
    joe.edwards@house.ks.gov,
    servantje@yahoo.com,
    michael.houser@house.ks.gov,
    mhouser_2010@yahoo.com,
    melanie.meier@house.ks.gov,
    meiermel@hotmail.com,
    reid.petty@house.ks.gov,
    reid.petty2012@gmail.com,
    bill.sutton@house.ks.gov,
    bill@billsutton.us,

    • Kane

      I emailed every email address in your list. Thanks for providing it. But dont let mine be the only one people.. Send your emails. You must hurry. This can not pass.

        • Kane

          The bill died today in Committee. Thank goodness. I would have talked about it no problem though, I just didnt see your post soon enough.

  2. Anonymous

    Here’s a thought, make the police wear cameras and then guess what, there will be no need for this law.

    • Anon

      Except that they are the ones wearing the cameras, meaning they are also the ones in control of the footage captured.. basically any incriminating evidence captured by their video cameras would magically come up misplaced or damaged. WPD, biggest criminal organization in Kansas.

  3. Anonymous

    Seems like the only recourse available to citizens under this law is to start killing cops. If this legislation is the law of the land in the state of Kansas, which basically penalizes you for utilizing the legal system in a reasonable fashion, if you want justice, literally the only way to get it is to make it for yourself.

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  5. afisher

    Until 2009, it was inconceivable that State Legislatures would vote to make their own states more and more like a police state and in many cases wrap their terrible legislation in a religious wrapper. I live in a red state, but not Kansas. Here’s hoping that common sense prevails in Kansas.

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  8. Rebecca Hamilton

    I though I had seen it all, but this is truly beyond belief! This is a blatent attempt by the powerful to further intimidate the weak. Citizens are already afraid to file a complaint. There are already unnecessary roadblocks in place to keep people quiet. Legitimate complaints are rarely actually investigated, and universally ignored. Police officers with pages and pages of complaints are promoted rather than punished. I wonder if there are First Amendment issues here. This sounds like an effort to suppress speech to me.

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  10. Serawit

    What’s the matter with Kansas?

    A decade ago, I lived in the state and still proudly call myself a Jayhawk! But, this state has turned out to be a thing out of a bad nightmare since I left.

    Godspeed!

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  12. Anonymous

    “Furthermore, the bill clearly prevents an outside agency, such as the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, from opening an investigation into an allegation that the WPD has already ruled upon.”

    Seriously, that won’t fly. The KBI will pull strings and have this bill shot down in the Senate.

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  16. whiteyward

    This becomes Kansas citizens “Stand Your Ground” law. Next effort will require 10,000 to complain and onward to flood the system and collapse enforcement. HOW BAD COULD THEY GET IF COMPLAINTS WERE PUNISHED?

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  18. Just me

    As a proud lifelong conservative and libertarian, every American needs to know the name of this gutless anonymous taxpayer funded Communist Stalinist political hack that is responsible for this anti-freedom, anti-American, pro E German Stazi bill.

    His/her name needs engraved in granite on the USA and Kansas Hall of Political Shame and subversion.

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  26. Anneliese

    Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout
    and design. Great choice of colors!

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