Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate and President Obama to pass the Kelsey Smith Act (H.R.1575/S.721).
Who was Kelsey Smith?
On June 2, 2007, Kelsey Smith was an eighteen year old young woman, from Overland, Kansas, was abducted in broad day light, from a local Target department store. The surveillance video from Target showed Kelsey, purchasing a gift for her boyfriend to celebrate their six-month anniversary. After that she left the store and then disappeared. About three hours, after Kelsey was abducted, her car was found in the mall parking lot, and her family and friends and the police began to search for her.
An hour after Kelsey was abducted; a signal from her cell phone was picked up. When law enforcement officials asked Verizon for the "ping" records that would pinpoint her location via cell phone, the family's cell phone company did not hand those records over, until three and a half days later. When the Verizon did turn over the records, it took authorities 45 minutes to locate Kelsey's body. However, she was founded dead, after being raped and murdered.
What is the Kelsey Smith Act?
The Kelsey Smith Act (H.R.1575/S.721), sponsored by U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS 3) and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), would require that wireless phone companies immediately respond to law enforcement requests for location information of victims who are in jeopardy of death or serious physical harm. Also the Kelsey Smith Act would aid more responsive coordination between law enforcement agencies and wireless cell phone carriers during emergencies involving missing persons.
Under the Kelsey Smith Act it would "amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require a provider of a commercial mobile service or an IP-enabled voice service to provide call location information concerning the user of such a service to law enforcement agencies in order to respond to a call for emergency services or in an emergency situation that involves risk of death or serious physical harm."
It would also direct "the Attorney General, under the Byrne Law Enforcement Grant Program, to: (1) provide education and training to state and local law enforcement agencies and officials to collect and use call location information in emergency situations; and (2) develop and disseminate procedures to ensure that such agencies and officials have the necessary contact information to request and obtain call location information."
By passing the Kelsey Smith Act, lives can be saved. When a person has been abducted, or in an emergency situation, it is vital that law enforcements act quickly, which is why law enforcements need wireless carriers to cooperate with them in emergency situations.
What can you do to get the Kelsey Smith Act passed?
Please write to and/or call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and President Obama tell them to pass the Kelsey Smith Act (H.R.1575/S.721). Also ask your U.S. Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor the Kelsey Smith Act (H.R.1575/S.721).
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