Action at the State Level on National Position
POSITION: (Adopted 1982)
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes in the individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. The League is convinced that individual rights now protected by the Constitution should not be weakened or abridged.
Community Policing: During the summer and fall of 2014, a series of town meetings were held by legislators, involving community residents, police chiefs and sheriffs, and district attorneys. Subsequently a collection of ten bills was introduced in the 2015 session, some of which were addressed by LWV positions, particularly by the LWVUS position on individual liberties.
LWVCO supported a bill titled Criminal Charges Based on Unlawful Order that was designed to be a disincentive via civil liability to the practice of police arresting someone because they refused to follow an order that was unlawful, i.e. an order that “violated the person’s constitutional or statutory rights.” It passed the House Judiciary Committee, but two days later, the bill was brought up again in the same committee for reconsideration and was defeated.
LWVCO also supported a bill that passed called Stop Police Interference Cop Incident Recordings which prohibits police destroying an auditory or video recording of an incident or from other interference or retaliation against the person making the recording. It also limits the seizure of a recording device without receiving consent or obtaining a warrant. This bill was supported by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.