In response to George Floyd’s death and the large protests being held around the country to recognize and stop police brutality, Colorado introduced a police reform bill that would not only ban chokeholds and require police officers to wear body cameras, but it would also allow for more transparency. The Colorado Public Radio reported that the bill was introduced on Wednesday, seven days after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck until he could no longer breathe which then sparked thousands of protestors to speak out.
What will this new bill do if passed?
If passed, the police reform bill would:
- Make filing a lawsuit against an individual police officer easier for civilians.
- “Get rid of the state’s “fleeing felon” statute, which allows officers to legally shoot someone running away if they are suspected of committing a felony and are armed.”
- Require incidents that involve use of force to be thoroughly reviewed by state officials and “make adjustments to police training through the Police Officer Standards and Training office under the attorney general.”
- Aside from requiring officers to wear body cameras, police departments would also be “required to release footage within 14 days of incidents to the public,” or provide a valid reason for why they cannot.
- “Require officers to intervene in situations when one of their colleagues is acting inappropriately.”
Police Reform Bill Gains Support from All Democrats in Both Chambers
Rep. Leslie Herod, who is leading the bill, said that “it’s a really important bill that tackles accountability and transparency in law enforcement.” She added, “it’s not everything, but it’s a step in the right direction.” Sage Naumann, who is a Republican spokesman, said that police officers were in support of the universal body cams and the ban on chokeholds. Naumann also added that they liked the transparency as well “because it keeps everyone honest.”
While the bill seems to attack some of the more common issues that have been occurring in Colorado, it hasn’t been passed yet and likely won’t end all forms of police misconduct. Essentially, what this means is that if you are a victim of police brutality and wish to obtain justice for the mistreatment that was inflicted upon you, you are going to need to take action yourself—and the Colorado police misconduct lawyers at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC are prepared to help you.
For years, victims of police misconduct have struggled to hold officers accountable for their unjust acts, but many also failed to retain aggressive and dedicated police misconduct lawyers such as those at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC who have a history of obtaining successful outcomes. If an officer harmed you in any way, it’s time you sit down with a police brutality attorney in Colorado to discuss the issue.
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