SAY NO TO ABUSE OF POWER IN D.C. – STOP THE ACTIVE ACT
Our safety matters, and so do our civil rights. The ACTIVE Act puts both at risk. The D.C. Council is now considering passing the ACTIVE Act, which is not a "public safety" bill. It's an "abuse of power" bill that threatens our fundamental liberties with warrantless searches and expanded pretrial detention.
If passed, the ACTIVE Act would allow police to search certain people without a warrant, and without cause, any time they are out in public – or even at a friend of family member’s house. This bill would open the floodgates for dangerous and ineffective police stops that violate people’s rights, waste resources, and damage community trust in police.
The ACTIVE Act would also expand pretrial detention – a severe restriction and should be used very rarely in a free society. The tragic truth is that nobody comes out of jail in a better position to take care of themself or their family. And even short periods of unnecessary detention increase a person's risk of re-arrest.
We can stop this “abuse of power” bill. The D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a hearing on the ACTIVE Act on November 8.
Councilmembers need to hear from you! Send a message urging them to stop this bill.