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Police bill fails in its mission, vote Kousidis

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I’m a single mom and an attorney.  I spend my days advocating for client’s rights in and out of court. At home, I’m charged with protecting, nurturing and encouraging two young children to become respectful and ambitious adults. I am intensely aware of the intricacies of our legal system and the importance of keeping our loved ones safe.

I was tremendously disappointed and disheartened when HB6004 was pushed through the State Senate this summer. This anti-police legislation, co-authored by Bob Duff, was effectively drafted, voted on and signed into law under the cover of darkness. This hasty process lacked even marginal consideration and objectivity. Creating and changing laws intended to protect the rights of the people of Connecticut surely deserves more. Discarding due process has resulted in a bill that contains ambiguity, vagueness and poorly defined terms, which will take years to define in the courts.  

This bill fails in its mission to protect the people.

Any police reform bill must be reasonably thought through and have ample input from citizens before being passed. Common-sense legislation requires thought and discussion not haste, hashtags and press releases.

I publicly support Ellie for State Senate. Ellie has a strong moral compass and fights for what she believes in. She is a voice of the people because she is one us. She is accountable, always takes a reasonable and thoughtful approach in everything she does and will bring a level head to Connecticut’s Senate and usher in a common-sense approach to improving Connecticut.

Jessica Kordas

5 comments

Mike November 1, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Oh please the only thing wrong with this legislation is that it doesn’t go far enough to protect the citizens from bad cops. If anything this legislation is the reason to vote for Duff. This proves he has what it takes as he stood up to the mighty police union, The only cops that should have issue with the legislation as bad cops. This will not hurt good cops in any What I understand is that good cops have actually welcomed it.

John Levin November 1, 2020 at 6:13 pm

HB 6004 was discussed at length on July 28 by our state Senate in a Special Session. About 11 hours of this debate can be watched on CT N:
https://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=17559
I have watched much of this, and was impressed by the speeches made by many of the senators. Regardless of your opinion of this legislation, hearing different viewpoints, and understanding what informs those viewpoints, should be illuminating.

David Muccigrosso November 2, 2020 at 8:12 am

“This anti-police legislation, co-authored by Bob Duff, was effectively drafted, voted on and signed into law under the cover of darkness”

Lol, because you were totally watching every minute of the state legislature’s public access feed for the past 6 months, and you barely saw any discussion of this bill.

Please. This is a stupid talking point people always trot out when they simply don’t like who’s writing a bill and can’t actually muster anything resembling an intellectually coherent criticism of it because they never actually cared to understand it.

Keep fighting your culture war, lady.

David November 2, 2020 at 10:49 am

I should think a lawyer would back up her assertions with some examples of the “ambiguity, vagueness and poorly defined terms” she has identified in the bill. This letter doesn’t help me understand what specifically she objects to.

Anyway, I support the police, and I support police accountability. They are not mutually exclusive.

Al November 3, 2020 at 3:53 pm

A textbook case of why people support this law:

You successfully represented someone who was not a suspect, falsely arrested and in your words, was worked “like a pinata” by officers. Your firm then went on to represent him in a federal suit. Norwalk taxpayers paid him $160,000 in settlement last year.

People are not broad brush anti-police. This candidate and party are trying to make this an us against them issue. One of the other commenters called this a war on police – It’s not.

We have a LOT of great officers in NPD and the department overall has good relations with the community. CT citizens just want actual oversight when someone does abuse the system, like in your client’s case. Wasn’t it Ray Kelly that said if you’re not doing anything wrong you don’t have anything to worry about?

You’re not really clear on your opposition to the law actually itself, just that more people didn’t give input.

https://www.thehour.com/norwalk/article/Trial-may-be-precursor-to-excessive-force-suit-8213879.php

https://www.criminallegalnews.org/news/2019/apr/19/connecticut-pays-160000-settle-police-beating-copd-patient/

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