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Unlike other unions that work to guarantee equity and fair wages, police unions use the collective bargaining process to shield violent police officers from accountability and create barriers to reform and policy change.
A recent University of Chicago study found that between 1996 and 2015, newly unionized law enforcement agencies saw a 27% increase in misconduct complaints as a result of officer protections in union contracts.
Twenty states have enshrined the same unfair protections for cops into their state laws. Like local contracts, state Law Enforcement Officer’s Bills of Rights shield violent police officers from investigation and prosecution and provide them with rights of due process far beyond those afforded to other government employees and community members.