We need your help to protect transparency and accountability in policing!

TELL OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS NO TO THE POLICE SECRECY BILL!

The Pennsylvania Senate is considering a bill to ban public officials from naming police officers who seriously injure or kill someone. This public gag order would last 30 days, and the language of the bill could extend the prohibition indefinitely. A public official who violates the ban could be charged with a crime.

We entrust police officers with a great deal of power. In return, they owe us openness in how they operate. They are servants of the public.

This bill completely undermines transparency at moments when it is needed the most, and risks heightening tensions between police and the communities they serve.

Here’s how you can help:

CONTACT your state senator and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 27

  1. Through this link from the ACLU.
  2. Picking up the phone and calling one of their offices.  If you need help locating your state senator’s information, follow this link here.

Here’s what you can say:

Ask for your representative, but it’s possible you’ll be talking to a staffer.
 

Begin with:

Hello, my name is _____, and I’m a registered voter in Senator <Name>’s district.

If you are registered with the same party as your rep (e.g. you’re both registered Democrats), you can add the following:

I’m also a registered <Democrat/Republican>, like Senator <Name>, and I vote in primaries.

Continue:

I’m calling about the “Police Secrecy Bill”, which is House Bill 27. As you know, Governor Wolf previously vetoed a similar bill from last session.  Please ask Senator <Name> to continue to oppose the bill. This bill will undermine the trust between communities and the police. Information should not be withheld from the community after force is used against someone.

Close with:

As a concerned citizen, I’ll be paying attention to how Senator <Name> votes on this, and will keep it in mind next time I am in the ballot box.

Want to convince state senators to vote no? Find a friend, and ask your friend to call their state senator. The call matters most when it comes from a voter in that senator’s district. Share this Call to Action, especially with friends who live in other districts.

Pennsylvania deserves a police force that upholds our rights, and that can be held accountable when it goes wrong. You can do your part today.