Kanya Bennett

Kanya Bennett

Kanya Bennett serves as a Legislative Counsel in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office.

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Now is the time for divestment. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 15, 2020
Congress Can Lead the Charge on Divesting From Law Enforcement
As a former Hill staffer, I know how the sausage gets made: the backroom deals, the pet projects, and the extreme partisanship. Our current moment requires far more than the ego, moderation, and compromise that is typically reflected in federal legislation. This country’s recognition—finally—of the...
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Police use tear gas during protests against the killing of George Floyd in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Congress Can Lead the Charge on Divesting From Law Enforcement
As a former Hill staffer, I know how the sausage gets made: the backroom deals, the pet projects, and the extreme partisanship. Our current moment requires far more than the ego, moderation, and compromise that is typically reflected in federal legislation. This country's recognition—finally—of the...
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“There is no profession more widely protected under federal and state law than working in law enforcement.” (Photo: Thomas Hawk/Flickr) Views
Friday, May 18, 2018
Congress Wants More Protections for Cops While Ignoring Police Reform
An “ empty gesture ” — that is the term that Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Democrat from New York, used to describe H.R. 5698 , the Protect and Serve Act of 2018, which creates a new federal crime for targeting law enforcement officers. “There is no profession more widely protected under federal and state...
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Friday, July 15, 2016
Congress: Enjoy Your Recess, But Here Are Six Police Reform Bills You Must Pass In September
This week, we continued to mourn the loss of Alton Sterling , Philando Castile , and the Dallas police officers . But the reality is that we've been in mourning for victims of color of police violence for a long time: Anthony Hill (Ga.), Laquan McDonald (Ill.), Freddie Gray (Md.), Aura Rosser (Mich...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
One Year Later: We Still Don’t Know How Many Shot by Police
One year ago today, the White House released The Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing — 116 pages of recommendations meant to address the epidemic of killings of unarmed Black and brown people by the police officers sworn to protect them. The report was supposed to be...
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Friday, August 07, 2015
365 Days and 605 Armored Military Vehicles Later: Police Militarization a Year After Ferguson
Last August Ferguson and Fallujah had a lot in common. Those protesting the death of Michael Brown were met with “armored vehicles, noise-based crowd-control devices, shotguns, M4 rifles like those used by forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, rubber-coated pellets and tear gas.” The scene looked more...
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