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Conn. lawmakers to consider police reforms in upcoming session




The draft bill includes roughly 40 sections. Among the highlights:

— Create an independent office of inspector general to investigate use of force cases and prosecute when necessary.

— Require all officers to periodically have mental health screenings.

— Change state’s “use of force” policy, moving from a subjective standard to a more objective standard for when force is appropriate.

— Require an officer to intervene if they witness excessive use of force by police and provide that officer with whistleblower protections.

— Increase training requirements for police to include things like implicit bias and how to manage crowds of people.

— Make police disciplinary records subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

— Replace the entire membership of Police Officer Standards and Training Council by the end of 2020 with new people who have different skill sets and represent a greater diversity of communities. The reconstituted council would have expanded ability to pull the state certification of officers.

— Require body and dashboard cameras for all officers engaging with the public.

— Increase the penalties for making a false police report based on a race, gender, national origin or sexual identity.

— Place limits on the type of military-grade equipment municipalities can obtain through the federal government.

— Ban quotas for pedestrian stops by police.

— Request police departments to review whether they can use social workers in lieu of sending officers to certain calls and impose stronger reporting requirements for departments when force is used.

— Allow more municipalities to appoint citizen police review boards.

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Markley van Camp Robbins

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