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Ilhan Omar on Crime

 

 


Lurking and spitting ordinances allowed police harassment

We were always pushing to get rid of outdated ordinances. [With my colleague who agreed on removing outdated ordinances], I sifted through thousands of them, looking for ones that no longer served their purpose. People began making fun of us, because every month we introduced the cancellation of thirty or so ordinances. It kind of became our brand.

However, there was one regulation we disagreed about getting off the books: the prohibition against spitting and lurking. I considered this rule worse than an outdated one--I thought it targeted young black and brown men. Citations for spitting and lurking weren't the problem. The ordinance was a gateway to police harassment.

Source: This Is What America Looks Like, by Ilhan Omar, p.174 , Jul 27, 2021

The slogan "Defund the Police" is a policy demand

Members of the progressive "Squad" pushed back against Obama's criticism of the "defund the police" slogan. In an interview Obama criticized the phrase as a "snappy slogan" that led Democrats to alienate centrist voters. Ilhan Omar defended the phrase, saying in a tweet, "We lose people in the hands of police. It's not a slogan but a policy demand."

"And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety," she added.

Source: National Review, "The Squad", on 2020 MN-5 House race , Dec 2, 2020

Decrease penalties for protesters, sex offenders, and others

Omar was chief author of bills to eliminate the statute of limitations for sex offenses, require a counselor in every school, prohibit state and local governments from acquiring military-grade weapons, and make Minnesota a sanctuary state, although none of the mentioned bills gained traction in the legislature. Omar strongly opposed a bill to increase penalties for protesters blocking traffic.
Source: Minneapolis Southwest Journal on 2018 Congress MN-5 election , Nov 12, 2018

Current penalties for blocking highways, airports, transit

HF390: Penalties for obstructing trunk highway, airport, or transit traffic increased.Veto message by Governor Mark Dayton:I do not support the broad transit provisions in this bill. The language does not provide clarity regarding the actual crimes, for which it creates stiffer penalties. I believe that the Statute's existing language: "tends to...." is unacceptably vague and subjective. Current law gives law enforcement the authority and tools needed to protect public safety.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 83-44-7 on May/8/18; State Rep. Ilhan Omar voted NO; Passed Senate 40-27-0 on May/14/18; Vetoed by Gov. Dayton on May/19/18.

Source: ACLU recommendation on Minnesota voting record HF390 , May 8, 2018

Asked Biden Administration to abolish federal death penalty.

Justice Omar wrote the Court's decision on Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act on Dec 15, 2020:

Legislative summary of H.R.4052: This bill prohibits the imposition of a death penalty sentence for a violation of federal law. A person sentenced to death before enactment of this bill must be resentenced.

Press release and letter on Connolly.House.gov: Capital punishment is unjust, racist and defective. The United States stands alone among its peers in executing its own citizens, a barbaric punishment that denies the dignity and humanity of all people and is disproportionately applied to people who are Black, Latinx, and poor. In their letter, the lawmakers called on President-Elect Biden to affirm his commitment to eliminating the death penalty--as laid out in his criminal justice reform plan--by ending it through executive action on Day 1 of his administration. The lawmakers also made clear that in the 117th Congress, they will continue to work to advance H.R. 4052, legislation to permanently abolish the death penalty.

ProPublica summary by Isaac Arnsdorf 12/23/20: Throughout the campaign, Trump highlighted executions as a contrast to Joe Biden's opposition to the death penalty, reinforcing Trump's "law and order" message. The Justice Department has killed 10 people since July, with three more executions scheduled before Biden's inauguration. "Death penalty all the way," Trump said at a February 2016 campaign event. "I've always supported the death penalty. I don't even understand people that don't."

Until this year, the Justice Department hadn't executed anyone since 2003. A drug that most states and the federal government used in lethal injections, a sedative called sodium pentothal, became unavailable because the sole American manufacturer stopped making it. Shortly after Trump's presidency began, his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, [pushed] to resolve these issues so that the federal Bureau of Prisons could resume executions.

Source: Supreme Court case 20-HR4052 argued on Jul 25, 2019

Sponsored stricter rules for police accountability.

Omar co-sponsored George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

This bill addresses policing practices and law enforcement accountability:

Rep. Elise Stefanik in OPPOSITION (3/1/21): I voted against H.R. 1280--this bill poses a grave danger to law-abiding police officers, as it would eliminate qualified immunity protections, lower the standard for federal civil rights lawsuits, and limit access to necessary equipment during emergencies and natural disasters. Democrats rushed this bill to the House Floor without accepting any input from Republicans, expert testimony, or significant data. I am proud to sponsor the JUSTICE Act with Senator Tim Scott, to provide necessary reforms to end police brutality while protecting our law-abiding officers.

OnTheIssues explanation of "qualified immunity": "Qualified immunity" means that police officers (and other government officials) cannot be sued for actions on duty, unless knowingly taking unreasonable actions. This bill would limit "qualified immunity," which means the family in cases like George Floyd's could sue the police for civil damages.

Biden Administration in SUPPORT (3/1/21): We must begin by rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the people they are entrusted to serve and protect. We cannot rebuild that trust if we do not hold police officers accountable for abuses of power and tackle systemic misconduct--and systemic racism--in police departments.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 220-212-0 on March 3, 2021, rollcall #60; received in Senate on March 9; no further Senate action during 2021.

Source: H.R.1280 21-HR1280 on Feb 24, 2021

2021-22 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Crime: Ilhan Omar on other issues:
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Amy Klobuchar
Chris Coleman
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Tina Liebling
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MN Senatorial:
Amy Klobuchar
Jason Lewis
Jim Newberger
Karin Housley
Paula Overby
Steve Carlson
Tina Smith
Republican Freshman class of 2021:
AL-1: Jerry Carl(R)
AL-2: Barry Moore(R)
CA-8: Jay Obernolte(R)
CA-50: Darrell Issa(R)
CO-3: Lauren Boebert(R)
FL-3: Kat Cammack(R)
FL-15: Scott Franklin(R)
FL-19: Byron Donalds(R)
GA-9: Andrew Clyde(R)
GA-14: Marjorie Taylor Greene(R)
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IL-15: Mary Miller(R)
IN-5: Victoria Spartz(R)
KS-1: Tracey Mann(R)
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MI-3: Peter Meijer(R)
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MT-0: Matt Rosendale(R)
NC-11: Madison Cawthorn(R)
NM-3: Teresa Leger Fernandez(D)
NY-2: Andrew Garbarino(R)
NY-22: Claudia Tenney(R)
OR-2: Cliff Bentz(R)
PR-0: Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon(R)
TN-1: Diana Harshbarger(R)
TX-4: Pat Fallon(R)
TX-11: August Pfluger(R)
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TX-17: Pete Sessions(R)
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VA-5: Bob Good(R)
WI-5: Scott Fitzgerald(R)
Incoming Democratic Freshman class of 2021:
CA-53: Sara Jacobs(D)
GA-5: Nikema Williams(D)
GA-7: Carolyn Bourdeaux(D)
HI-2: Kai Kahele(D)
IL-3: Marie Newman(D)
IN-1: Frank Mrvan(D)
MA-4: Jake Auchincloss(D)
MO-1: Cori Bush(D)
NC-2: Deborah Ross(D)
NC-6: Kathy Manning(D)
NY-15: Ritchie Torres(D)
NY-16: Jamaal Bowman(D)
NY-17: Mondaire Jones(D)
WA-10: Marilyn Strickland(D)

Republican takeovers as of 2021:
CA-21: David Valadao(R) defeated T.J. Cox(D)
CA-39: Young Kim(R) defeated Gil Cisneros(D)
CA-48: Michelle Steel(R) defeated Harley Rouda(D)
FL-26: Carlos Gimenez(R) defeated Debbie Mucarsel-Powell(D)
FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar(R) defeated Donna Shalala(D)
IA-1: Ashley Hinson(R) defeated Abby Finkenauer(D)
MN-7: Michelle Fischbach(R) defeated Collin Peterson(D)
NM-2: Yvette Herrell(R) defeated Xochitl Small(D)
NY-11: Nicole Malliotakis(R) defeated Max Rose(D)
OK-5: Stephanie Bice(R) defeated Kendra Horn(D)
SC-1: Nancy Mace(R) defeated Joe Cunningham(D)
UT-4: Burgess Owens(R) defeated Ben McAdams(D)

Special Elections 2021-2022:
CA-22: replacing Devin Nunes (R, SPEL summer 2022)
FL-20: replacing Alcee Hastings (D, SPEL Jan. 2022)
LA-2: Troy Carter (R, April 2021)
LA-5: Julia Letlow (R, March 2021)
NM-1: Melanie Stansbury (D, June 2021)
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