(a) The Legislature finds that the United States Department of Justice has unnecessarily and recklessly threatened Alabama law enforcement officers with personal law suits if the officer appears to make what the Department of Justice deems a misstep in enforcing the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 31-13-31

  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • United States: includes the territories thereof and the District of Columbia. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608

(b) Because of this finding, it is necessary for the Legislature to defend Alabama law enforcement officers against federal overreach.

(c) If the Attorney General of Alabama deems that an Alabama law enforcement officer performed his or her duties enforcing Act 2011-535 according to accepted standards of Alabama law enforcement, the state shall defend the law enforcement officer against actions brought personally against the officer by the United States Department of Justice.

(Act 2012-491, p. 1410, §4.)