Bill

SB 68

87(R) - 2021
Senate Jurisprudence
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Senate Jurisprudence
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Criminal Justice
Police

Contact the Author

Borris Miles

Phone:

512-463-0113

Capitol Office:

CAP 3E.12

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive

Author(s)

Borris Miles

Co-Author(s)

Carol Alvarado
C├ęsar J Blanco
Sarah Eckhardt
Jose Menendez
Royce West
Judith Zaffirini

Sponsor(s)

Garnet F. Coleman
Jasmine Crockett
Ron Reynolds
Senfronia Thompson
James White

Bill Caption

Relating to a duty for peace officers to intervene and make a report when a peace officer uses excessive force.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State.

Bill Analysis

SB 68 would create a duty for a peace officer to intervene when another officer uses excessive force against a suspect and the officer should know that the use of force violates the law, puts the suspect at risk of unnecessary bodily injury, and is not required to apprehend the suspect. If enacted, a peace officer who witnesses excessive force would be required to make a report of the incident and deliver it to their supervisor.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports SB 68 because it would protect individual liberty and limit government abuse. A duty to intervene protects the individual liberty of criminal suspects by preventing cases of excessive force. The reporting requirement would also prevent police officers from choosing to cover up involvement in any potential misconduct.

Contact the Author

Borris Miles

Phone:

512-463-0113

Capitol Office:

CAP 3E.12

Email: