***POLICE REFORM BILL***
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LINK: PRESS CONFERENCE
I will be introducing a new series of Police Reform Bills on September 8th. The Work Session for the bills will be on September 29th at 4:00PM where written and verbal testimony will be allowed. The Legislative Session where the police reform legislation will be voted on is October 5th at 6:00PM.
Police Reform Bill(s):
(1.) Banning Chokeholds: Prohibits the use of chokeholds or any asphyxiation technique by a Police Officer except under certain circumstances
(2.) Police Hearing Board: Gives each member of the County Council the power to the appoint two civilians to the police hearing board
(3.) No Knock Warrants: Limits the use of a police officer entering an individual’s private property without first knocking and announcing their presence
(4.) Use of Force: Requires an officer to intervene when another officer is using unnecessary or excessive physical force, also providing whistleblower protection for any officer who intervenes and or reports an officer who uses unnecessary or excessive physical force
(5.) Training and Hiring: Makes it illegal to hire officers who have been terminated or resigned in connection with a disciplinary proceeding pending or sustained from serving as a Police Officer
(6.) Data Collection and Reporting: Implements an early intervention database to collect data on police officer’s use of force, analyzes officers who may be at risk for engaging in excessive physical force or unnecessary lethal force, and tracks law suits against the department
(7.) De-Escalation: Defines de-escalation techniques for police officers to utilize as alternatives than to resort to the use of physical force by an officer
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