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116th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 7131

   To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit deprivation of 
rights under color of law by law enforcement and correctional officers, 
                        and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              June 8, 2020

  Mr. Espaillat (for himself and Ms. Norton) introduced the following 
       bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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                                 A BILL


 
   To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit deprivation of 
rights under color of law by law enforcement and correctional officers, 
                        and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Denial of Rights Prevention and 
Accountability Act of 2020''.

SEC. 2. DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is 
amended by inserting after section 242 the following:
``Sec. 242A. Deprivation of rights by law enforcement
    ``Whoever, being a law enforcement officer or correctional officer, 
under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, 
recklessly subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, 
Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, 
or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the 
United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on 
account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or 
race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be 
fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; 
and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of 
this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or 
threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be 
fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; 
and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this 
section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, 
aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual 
abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or 
imprisoned for any term of years, or both.''.
    (b) Technical and Conforming Amendment.--The table of sections for 
chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting 
after the item relating to section 242 the following:

``242A. Deprivation of rights by law enforcement.''.
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