(PRESS CALIFORNIA) – A Bay Area assemblyman wants to ban from service police officers and police officer candidates who are members of hate groups or have used hate speech in the past, even in "a private discussion forum" online.
Yet the definition of a "hate group" and "hate speech" used by Assemblyman Ash Kalra's (D-San Jose) new bill, AB 655, is incredibly broad. Not only does it include armed militia groups and white supremacists promoting "domestic terrorism," it also includes police officers expressing conservative religious or political views on abortion, marriage, and gender or with membership in a political party or church that does.
One legal expert said the bill would "usher in a new era of McCarthyism" where Muslim, Catholic, Evangelicals, and even registered Republicans would be blacklisted from law enforcement jobs.
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