Councilmember McDuffie’s Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation

Councilmember McDuffie’s Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation

Press Release
McDuffie's Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-0774], which includes use of force reforms drafted by Councilmember McDuffie. The goal of the measure is to reduce and effectively abolish instances of unlawful use of force by defining specific factors that must be considered when determining whether an exercise of force or deadly force is reasonable. Additional measures included in the legislation passed today include: Prohibits the use of neck restraints ("chokeholds") by law enforcement.Prohibits Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers from reviewing their body-worn camera recordings before documenting their recollections in a report, reversing a last-minute amendment to Councilmember McDuffie's Neighborhood Engagement…
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McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures

McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures

Press Release
McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures The new language requires consideration of whether the person had a deadly weapon and if the police attempted de-escalation tactics Washington, D.C. – In light of the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless more black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, the District of Columbia Council is expected to take up emergency legislation on June 9, 2020. Councilmember McDuffie has drafted a provision he hopes to include that would establish when the use of force or use of deadly force by a police officer may be justifiable or not. The provision would also define specific factors that must be considered when determining whether an exercise of force or deadly force is reasonable. An additional provision that is…
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McDuffie to host Ward 5 Community Conversations on Public Safety

McDuffie to host Ward 5 Community Conversations on Public Safety

News Update
Join Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie and guests for a series of community conversations on public safety in Ward 5. These facilitated conversations will be an opportunity to learn about initiatives currently in place and engage with neighbors about how we can all be part of the solution. Invited guests include Metropolitan Police Department, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, and anti-violence advocacy groups. Meeting dates, times, and locations: DATE: Sat, December 14TIME: 11:30 amLOCATION: Dunbar High School Library, 101 N Street NW DATE: Mon, December 16TIME: 7:00 pmLOCATION: Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Avenue NE DATE: Wed, December 18TIME: 7:00 PMLOCATION: Langdon Recreation Center, 2901 20th Street NE
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McDuffie Statement on recent incidents of violence in Ward 5

McDuffie Statement on recent incidents of violence in Ward 5

Statement
Councilmember McDuffie has issued the following statement on recent violence in Ward 5: "Last night there was another shooting in Ward 5; it was the fifth act of gun violence in Ward 5 over the past two weeks. As a neighbor, a father, and your representative, I am both outraged and heartbroken that these acts continue to happen in our community. When these incidents happen, they can make us feel vulnerable and scared. We all deserve to live in a community where we feel safe. I have been in constant communication with MPD and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) since last night’s shooting on the 2300 block of Rhode Island Avenue. From what I have gathered, the recent violence stems from an ongoing conflict between multiple rival…
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Statement on Securing Funds for Violence Prevention in the Upcoming Budget

Statement on Securing Funds for Violence Prevention in the Upcoming Budget

Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has released the following statement on securing funds for violence prevention in the Council budget process: "We are in a state of emergency with regard to gun violence in the District of Columbia and, unfortunately, the Mayor’s proposed budget does not reflect the urgency I hear from residents who are sick of hearing gunshots in their communities and families who are heartbroken from burying family members.As the author of the NEAR Act and a champion for small business in the District of Columbia, I am proud that the Committee on Business and Economic Development’s Budget Report supports both of these priorities. The Neighborhood Prosperity Fund and Great Streets programs remain intact, funded at $10.1 million. I am proud I was able to identify $2.1 million from…
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Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

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Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities Investments for the upcoming fiscal year include support for District businesses and commercial infrastructure with funds that support Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) capacity building, Main Street revitalization and expansion, financial stability, workforce investment, small business lending, and significant capital project financing. On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led by Chair Kenyan R. McDuffie, passed its budget report for Fiscal Year 2020. The budget is the culmination of months of work including public hearings, meetings with advocates and stakeholders, and a budget engagement forum in Ward 5. With today’s vote in support of the budget report, Councilmember McDuffie said: “Developed through the lens of racial equity, the Committee’s…
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McDuffie Introduces Bills to Invest in Communities and Address Root Causes of Crime

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        Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to: Create a new D.C. Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Create a new H.O.P.E. Fund to Inject Resources into Targeted Communities Direct Currency and Property Received by Police to Fund Violence Prevention and Intervention Initiatives Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced three pieces of legislation in response to recent incidents of gun violence in the District of Columbia. The bills underscore Councilmember McDuffie’s call for a heightened sense of urgency and that the District of Columbia must use all available resources to address the root causes of violence that plague communities across the District. The Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Establishment Act of 2018 [ B22-0843…
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