CALL TO ACTION: Urge Kemp to VETO HB 838!
The State of Georgia has repeatedly and systemically ignored the abusive conduct of its law enforcement officers against Black people, resulting in an epidemic of murders by police and police brutality that many times have gone unpunished.
In the wake of a global uprising where Black people, communities of color, and allies are demanding justice and accountability for ongoing police brutality, the Georgia Legislature passed HB 838 which protects and further emboldens police to behave unchecked and violently and provides them with the means to suppress the voices of those exposing injustices and calling for justice and police accountability.
Just to list a few concerns about the bill, HB 838 will:
- Negatively target and impact the Black and Brown communities.
- Allow police officers to sue community members for violating police officers’ “civil rights,” or for filing any complaint they find to be false.
- Create a stand-alone criminal charge where community members could face up to five years in prison or face a $5,000 fine for any harm experienced by a police officer or for damage to their property because the individual is a police officer.
By choosing to pass HB 838 in the midst of all the protests and calls for police accountability and justice for Black lives, the Georgia legislature has made the decision to protect and continue the racist, violent acts of police brutality aimed at the Black community.
This is an anti-Black Lives Matter bill and this bill needs to be STOPPED!
We, Project South, GLAHR and many others urge you to call Gov. Brian Kemp and tell him to VETO HB 838 today at 404-656-1776.
For more information, you can read our Joint Fact Sheet about HB838 here: HB 838 Fact Sheet
BLACK LIVES MATTER
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