Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association (SCCCPOA) Director‐at‐Large Dennis Emmitt had many diverse career experiences before entering the field of law enforcement. He has worked for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, been a professional wrestler, worked charity events dressed as Star Wars characters and served in the Army National Guard for eight years before honorably discharging as a staff sergeant. He also started his own political consulting company, which he still operates today.
We hear it all the time. Veteran law enforcement officers saying they would question their choice of profession if they were beginning their career today. These same officers are telling their own children to choose a different line of work. Law enforcement is under extreme scrutiny due to the actions of a small percentage of officers who violated their oath to protect the citizens of our nation.
It is hot here in Washington, D.C., warming up just in time to ensure that everyone returning to in-person work is covered in a fine layer of sweat by the time they reach the office. Congress is, of course, not immune to the humid heat beating down on the city, fueling their usual desire to head out of town for the August recess. But much work remains before members flee to their home districts or states.
Under the ADA, an employer may need to grant an employee a reasonable accommodation and exempt them from a mandatory vaccination based on a disability as defined by the ADA — i.e., a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning or working.
With attacks on law enforcement growing by leaps and bounds in recent years, Los Angeles North Chapter Director David Mackie knew the best way to evoke positive change wasn’t going to come from sitting on the sidelines. Instead, Mackie — a Los Angeles School Police Department lieutenant and PORAC member since 1993 — became actively involved with the Association about five years ago and has never looked back.
On May 26, the California State Senate advanced the peace officer licensing bill, SB 2 by Senator Steven Bradford, to the Assembly. The vote was divided by party line — Democrats voting yes, Republicans no — with five Democrats abstaining. The author took amendments to the Bane Act portion of the bill; however, the decertification language (PORAC’s primary reason for opposition) remains unchanged.
Summer is here. D.C. is getting hotter, the cicadas are beginning to retreat and Congress is in session. Lawmakers have their hands full in June and July, with police reform (more on that below), contentious voting rights legislation, a major package aimed at remaining competitive with China and, perhaps most notably, infrastructure all on the to-do list before the August recess is reached.