In 2020, The Fourth Amendment Alliance issued The Supreme Court Challenge.
For courts to be honest about violations of civil rights and liability for damage done, we must elevate the professionalism of police officers and protect officers and citizens with a financial safety net.
It must be a law, uniform nationwide. To do this, legislatures must act, so we issue The Legislatures Challenge.
PART ONE: REQUIRE $1M OF INDEMNITY INSURANCE FOR ALL OFFICERS, TO PROTECT OFFICERS AND CITIZENS
This is required for two reasons:
1) Police powers are significant, and the potential for damage to citizens from civil rights violations is significant. It happens; maliciously, inadvertently and negligently. We have all seen too many videos, and nobody wants to be next.
2) When a financial safety net is in place, the Supreme Court can once again be honest about remedies for violations.
Observe that some states already require indemnity insurance, and some even require the $1M minimum we advocate. Bravo.
This coverage must be uniform nationwide and individually purchased.
Important question: Will this cause a flood of new claims? No. Thousands of claims are currently just settled out of court and hidden quietly behind "confidential settlements". Taxpayers pay the claims. Professional indemnity insurance will just shine a light on abuses, and on serial civil rights abusers.
Citizens and taxpayers win. A common sense upgrade to improve the system for the modern era.
PART TWO: STATES MUST REQUIRE OFFICERS TO HAVE INITIAL AND ONGOING EDUCATION IN CIVIL RIGHTS
Civil rights are written in the Constitution, the highest of all laws. Officers must know these first, before learning other laws they might enforce. Then officers must regularly demonstrate that they know American civil rights through Continuing Education, just like other professional careers. The rights of citizens are too important to just hope that officers know, remember and respect civil rights.
PART THREE: STATES MUST AMEND OR ELIMINATE IMPRECISE LAWS THAT ARE IMPROPERLY CITED AS EXCUSES TO ABUSE CIVIL RIGHTS
Laws must be clear and specific about what is a crime. The practice of using imprecise laws for legal system bullying, for "arrest and accuse" policing, must end.
* Preserving America's Constitutional civil rights requires these three simple things, so that courts can be honest about violations of civil rights, and courts can award restitution to citizens when rights violations damage lives without directly damaging individual officers. *
Legislatures Challenge: First, require $1,000,000 of professional liability insurance, individually purchased, for all police officers...to protect officers and citizens. Second, require demonstrated knowledge of civil rights to exercise police powers. And third, officers should only be enforcing laws that specifically and precisely describe what is a crime, so that "arrest and accuse" policing can cease, and we can reduce the number of violations of civil rights.
Simple. Honest. Fair.