Rep. Hank Johnson Re-Introducing Grand Jury Reform Act

From a press release, Rep. Hank Johnson (D, GA-4) will be re-introducing his “Grand Jury Reform Act of 2014.” A copy of the five-page 2014 bill can be seen after the break.

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) will announce the re-introduction of his Grand Jury Reform Act of 2015.

In response to calls that the nation’s grand jury system is broken when police are investigated for the killing of civilians, the Grand Jury Reform Act was first introduced during the late 113th Congress. The Grand Jury Reform Act requires the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct an investigation and present the results to a judge in a probable cause hearing, open to the public, whenever a police officer kills an individual while acting in the line of duty.

A strong majority of likely 2016 voters back a proposal for outside special prosecutors to investigate police-involved deaths, according to a new poll released by the Progressive Change Institute. Sixty-one percent of those polled back the proposal, including 76 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Independents. A plurality of Republicans – 48 percent – also support the plan.

“According to this poll, one thing that Americans of all political stripes can agree on is the need for special outside prosecutors to be appointed when police are involved in the killings of civilians,” the Progressive Change Institute said in a statement.

WHO: Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04); Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay; Hilary Shelton, NAACP; Tanya Clay House, Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights; Nathan, CODEPINK; Rev. Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus

WHAT: Re-introduction of the Grand Jury Reform Act; Panel: Black Lives Matter and Grand Jury Reform co-hosted with the Hip Hop Caucus and Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, head of the Ferguson Taskforce

WHEN: Wednesday, January 21 from 2:30-4 p.m.

WHERE: Rayburn HOB room 2226

The full poll of 44 issues (some with two different messages) that Rep. Johnson references in the press release can be seen here. The polling data summary at the end of the report states:

  • Conducted January 9th – 15th, 2015 by GBA Strategies on behalf of the Progressive Change Institute.
  • Interviewed 1,500 likely 2016 voters nationwide (MOE +/- 2.5%) with every policy question posed to a split sample of 750 voters (MOE +/- 3.6%) to compare messaging and policy variations. With an oversample, 308 drop-off Democrats, defined as Democrats or Obama voters who say they did not vote in 2014, were interviewed (MOE +/-5.6% for full sample, +/- 7.9% for split sample).
  • More than 25% of interviews conducted via cell phone.
  • 583 (38.9%) of those interviewed identified themselves as Democrats, 382 (25.5%) as Independents, and 507 (33.8%) as Republicans.
  • Voters were asked to rate proposals on a scale of zero to ten where zero means they strongly oppose the idea and ten means strong support for the idea and a desire to see it become law. Zero to four represents opposition for a proposal. Five is neutral. Six to ten is supportive.
  • Questions that resulted in one or more non-response are noted as “No Response.”

The Progressive Change Institute is the non-profit arm of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC).  The PCCC is a progressive Democratic PAC with an overtly keen interest in supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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2 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    When you just can’t indict enough cops, change the game.
    How about the first step being to stop encouraging suspects from attempting intimidation of lawmen and resisting arrests ?

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