The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Would Like To Remove That “catch-all defense” If An Officer “is being in danger of their life means any force is justified”


“danger of their life” – Their life is in danger? To date no comment from the PA Legislative White Caucus.

Is This Even English?:

The biggest one for me is being able to remove the automatic catch-all defense that we’ve seen officers in so many states be able to utilize through their defense attorney, which is being in danger of their life means any force is justified, no matter how measured it is. It’s just any force, and too often we see Black and brown people, the force often used, even with a — quote, unquote — “taser” the other day, it’s still killing people with a gun. State Representative Joanna McClinton

I received a flurry of notes from state legislators who are more eager than ever to get down to business to pass bills that make changes to police use of force Jennifer Lynn

State Rep. Joanna McClinton, a member of the Black Caucus

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus continues call for police reform after Chauvin verdict

Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are calling for continued action on police reform and an end to systemic racism after the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.

WHYY’s “Morning Edition” host Jennifer Lynn invited State Rep. Joanna McClinton, a member of the Black Caucus and chair of the state House Democratic Caucus, to join the show to talk about that issue and things that have been going on in her district over the past year.

The territory includes Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood, where Walter Wallace Jr. was gunned down by police in the fall while he was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Welcome this morning, Representative McClinton.

Thank you so much, Jennifer. Good morning.

Good morning. In my inbox, in my email, I received a flurry of notes from state legislators who are more eager than ever to get down to business to pass bills that make changes to police use of force and to see to it that police respond to needs of neighborhoods in a fair way. And before we dive into what’s being considered at the state level, how are you doing following the news of the Chauvin verdict this week?

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