Police Killings Prompt Array of Bills in State Legislatures

Police Killings Prompt Array of Bills in State Legislatures

The recent police-involved deaths of African-Americans like Michael Brown and Eric Garner have motivated lawmakers to propose policy changes.

Published January 15, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police killings of unarmed residents in Missouri, New York and elsewhere have prompted an array of proposed policy changes as legislatures across the nation began their new sessions.

Many of the proposals seek to expand or mandate the use of cameras attached to officers' uniforms. Others would require more training for law officers, tighter limits on when they can use deadly force and the appointment of special prosecutors when police kill people.

In Missouri alone, lawmakers have filed more than 40 measures stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white Ferguson policeman.

Elsewhere, some lawmakers are looking to bolster protections for police in response to the sometimes violent protests and the shooting of two New York officers after the chokehold death of a black man.

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Written by Associated Press

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