This proposed bill is flat out fascism. Rarely do our elected legislators try and pass a bill so blatantly opposed to the rights of the citizens of Kansas. This bill would prevent anyone from reporting abuse. Wichita already has a self policing system in which no police officer has ever been found guilty of wrong doing. Internal investigations are just a formality. The police can do no wrong. Now they want to punish people who file complaints. Few people can afford to risk a felony conviction for reporting something that the police are just going to rubber stamp. Kansas politicians have little respect for the rights of common citizens, and this bill is ludicrous.
Furthermore, this bill prohibits a Kansas law enforcement agency from opening an investigation into a complaint if another law enforcement agency has already investigated the complaint and found in favor of the officer.
In other words, this bill would allow police departments to arrest the people who file complaints against police officers. In Wichita, Kansas, complaints are almost always dismissed, by the Wichita Police Department, so, according to this bill and its vague wording, the WPD, could now go arrest the people who file complaints against their officers.
People in Wichita are already afraid to file complaints against the WPD, because the department has a well-known reputation for retaliating against those who do, and this bill would render such retaliation legal. Furthermore, the bill clearly prevents an outside agency, such as the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, from opening an investigation into an allegation that the WPD has already ruled upon.
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