The goal of the database is to prevent cops who have been fired or resigned from getting rehired at another police department
USC’s Safe Communities Institute is developing a national database of police officers who have been terminated or resigned due to misconduct.
The first-of-its-kind registry is called the Law Enforcement Work Inquiry System, or LEWIS registry, named after late civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. The LEWIS Registry aims to bring transparency and accountability to law enforcement, and the announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of the police-killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
The registry, per NBC News, will utilize public records to document officers who have been fired or resigned due to “excessive use of force, corruption, domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, perjury, hate group affiliation, or filing a false police report,” the outlet writes. The goal of the database is to prevent corrupt and rotten to the core cops from getting rehired at another police department, the report states.
The Police Protective League noted in a statement its privacy concerns about the database. “We have serious concerns over any private entity that promotes their own database as it lacks public accountability and safeguards to ensure that officers are not mistakenly added to the private database for unverified and invalidated complaints, and/or which discloses officer’s personal information, such as home addresses,” the statement said.