Representative Borris Miles (Houston) has filed legislation that will create a statewide police community review board, enhance penalties for rogue police officers and increase record keeping measures just weeks after the Chad Holley tape was released to the community.
The outcry demanding protection from the abuse of power by rogue police officers led Miles, who first called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, to review the case as a violation of Chad Holley's civil rights. He has now filed legislation to ensure fair treatment to all citizens.
"As a former law enforcement agent, I have a particular interest in creating processes that will improve our overall public safety," said Miles.
After conferring with Houston Police Department and Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) leadership, he has filed the following bills.
HB 1470-A Statewide Police Civilian Review Board - civilian review board with an independent body empowered to investigate allegations of misconduct by police or peace officers employed by the State of Texas and/or its agencies, public authorities, and public benefit corporations, and to recommend disciplinary action where appropriate.
HB 1471-Enhanced Penalties for Official Opression- this bill enhances the punishment from a Class A Misdemeanor to a 2nd Degree Felony depending on the severity of the injury caused to the victim.
HB 1472-Increased Record Keeping of Police Misconduct whether Substantiated or Not - Requires that all complaints are retained, so that a complete and accurate history can be made available if necessary.
"The three bills will safeguard the rights of our community by holding officers accountable," said Miles. "A few simple changes to our process will ensure fair treatment for all Texans."
The submission can be downloaded at http://tlis.state.tx.us.