State lawmakers have reached agreement on several measures aimed at reducing police brutality

Written by on June 26, 2020

State lawmakers have reached agreement on several measures aimed at reducing police brutality

By Ed Mahon, PA Post

June 26, 2020

Weeks after the death of George Floyd, state lawmakers have reached agreement on several measures aimed at reducing police brutality.

But, PA Post’s Ed Mahon reports many Democrats say more action is needed.

The House has unanimously approved legislation aimed at preventing police departments from hiring officers with a history of complaints against them.

But, Democratic lawmakers say they also want to see other changes, including new restrictions on when police officers can use deadly force and how those investigations are handled.

Representative Malcolm Kenyatta says other black and brown lawmakers understand the frustration and anger behind the protests.

“I know what it feels like to be stopped and frisked, to be thrown to the ground by an officer. Asked where I’m going, asked what I’m doing, asked why I’m out. That happened a block away from the house I live in right now with my partner when I was still a student at Temple University,” said Kenyatta.

The bill now moves to the Senate, which has also taken up police reforms.

In that chamber, one measure unanimously passed would ban police officers from using chokeholds to detain someone.  

Another would require law enforcement agencies to submit all use-of-force reports to the State Police.

Both proposals now move to the House.


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