FBIAA Endorses "Officer Safety Act of 2012"
Friday, March 30, 2012
Posted by: Glenda Whalen
For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Nathanson
March 30, 2012
FBI AGENTS ASSOCIATION ENDORSES "OFFICER SAFETY ACT OF 2012”
Bipartisan bill allows prosecutions of federal law enforcement officers
to be moved to a federal district court
FBIAA President Konrad Motyka issued the following statement on S. 2276 and H.R. 4309, the Officer Safety Act of 2012. This bicameral and bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and co-sponsored by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and in the House by Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ):
"The FBI Agents Association ("FBIAA"), representing over 12,000 active and retired FBI Special Agents, strongly supports the Officer Safety Act of 2012. This legislation would allow prosecutions of law enforcement officers to be removed to a federal district court when the officer acted to protect an individual from a crime of violence, provided immediate assistance to an individual threatened with harm, or prevented the escape of a person involved in a crime of violence.
It is important for Congress to pass this legislation as soon as possible to avoid a repetition of the unfortunate events surrounding the 2010 prosecution of Special Agent Will Clark in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Special Agent Clark took lawful actions to protect an innocent woman from violence, yet faced a subsequent prosecution under local law. While the charges against Special Agent Clark were eventually dismissed, he was placed in improper peril because the law did not allow for his prosecution to be removed to a federal district court where he could receive a fair and impartial trial.
The Officer Safety Act would prevent this situation from re-occurring by providing specific authority for federal officials to remove a case to federal district court when an officer acts to protect a person from the threat of violence.
We strongly urge Members of Congress to support this important legislation."
The FBIAA is a professional association with a membership of 12,000 active and retired agents nationwide. The FBIAA was founded over two decades ago in response to the growing recognition that agents needed to join together in order to protect and advance the interests of agents both within the Bureau, as well as in the public domain. The FBIAA works diligently to promote and facilitate the intelligent, skillful, and efficient discharge of the professional duties of all FBI agents. The Association works to advance and safeguard the careers, economic interests, conditions of employment, and welfare of active and retired FBI agents. Additional information can be found at www.FBIAA.org.