ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Georgia House Democrats recently introduced bills they say promote a fair justice system. State Representatives Dar’shun Kendrick (Dist. 93) and William Boddie (Dist. 62) detailed proposed legislation involving efforts to compensate families of police brutality victims and targeting use of force policies.
“Our government must always strive towards a more fair and just society for all,” said Kendrick. “HB69 Would remove qualified immunity from bad acting law enforcement officers and allow them to be sued in court for civil damages.”READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
Local attorneys have long demanded monetary damages for the families of Rayshard Brooks, Jimmy Atchison and others. They have said inadequate liability insurance on law enforcement officers is part of the problem.
“HB69 will have a substitute in the coming days that will add a requirement that counties and cities maintain a certain amount of liability insurance under officers,” Kendrick said.READ MORE: 'Rides To Remember' For Pediatric Cancer Returns To Atlanta Motorsports Park On Sept. 18
Boddie referenced George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other cases prompting calls for new legislation. “We can no longer have a justice system that only works for some and fails to protect others,” he said. “Your race nor your economic position in society should deem whether you live or die when encountering law enforcement in Georgia.”
House Bills 145 and 175 deal with use of force policies, which include repealing Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law, banning no-knock warrants and private prisons, as well as banning officers from using chokeholds and neck restraints. HB 140 will allow newly appointed district attorneys to receive a change in venue in some cases, transferring them to other counties for an impartial jury. “As in the Ahmaud Arbery case, where the DA knowingly tainted the jury,” said Boddie.MORE NEWS: 'Beyond Reckless': Atlanta Attorneys Plan To Sue Arrive Perimeter Apts. After Explosion
House Democrats expect to have virtual town halls on several bills in the coming weeks.