Colorado, With The Support Of The Police Unions, Passes Police Reform Bill

Colorado is among the first to pass police reform legislation.

CBS Denver reports:

“A bill to improve police accountability in Colorado just passed its final reading in the state Senate. It now heads to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk to be signed.

In part, SB20-217 bans the use of chokeholds and bars police from aiming tear gas or rubber bullets at protesters’ heads, pelvises or backs.

Police officers can be sued for misconduct by getting rid of the qualified immunity defense that generally protects government workers from lawsuits. They are all also required to be equipped with body cameras by July 1, 2023.

Video from the cameras is to be released to the public 21 days following a misconduct complaint.

‘This bill marks an important time in history and an important step forward in ensuring our law enforcement community acts with integrity and accountability. I am proud to have played a part in this monumental legislation,’ Sen. Leroy Garcia, a bill sponsor, stated on social media Saturday.

The bill passed 32-2, with Republican Sens. Jerry Sonnenberg and Ray Scott dissenting. However, it drew support from the Fraternal Order of Police, Sheriff’s Association and Chiefs of Police.

Gov. Jared Polis, who says he will sign the bill, praised the bill sponsors in a statement.”

For the rest of the story, visit CBS Denver here.

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