Law enforcement officials have been critical of the new laws since they went into effect in July, saying officers can no longer respond to certain crimes, such as a mental health crisis or domestic violence dispute; if a crime that has not been committed yet; or cannot arrest a suspect unless the officer witnesses the crime.
January 12, 2022
District Court Judge Jamie L. Anderson noted that the original language was "vague, ambiguous" and "unreasonable and misleading." The judge also wrote that it would amount to "substantial harm" if the ballot question were put off to a future election.
September 7, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom now has 12 days to sign or veto the bill, which passed the California Assembly with a vote of 46 to 18 on Friday. It was previously passed in the state Senate on May 26 with a vote of 26 to 9.
September 6, 2021
Biden's plans to host Floyd's family come as talks focused on the police reform bill named after Floyd — the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — have stalled on Capitol Hill.
May 24, 2021
While the bill requires body cameras, it does not allow officers to review their own footage before writing a report, which critics say puts them in an impossible position.
February 23, 2021
The Ashville (NC) City Council on Tuesday night voted 5-2 to slash the police department budget by more than three quarters of a million dollars.
September 24, 2020
A Georgia Superior Court judge has ruled that voters cannot decide whether or not to abolish the Glynn County Police Department in a referendum vote on Election Day in November.
September 11, 2020
More than 200 law enforcement officers in Colorado have either resigned or retired after the passage of Senate Bill 217 in late June, which put into place sweeping reforms that include officers’ personal financial liability for their actions.
August 18, 2020
A member of the Denver City Council has drafted a piece of legislation that will all but abolish that city's police department.
August 14, 2020
Legislators in the Massachusetts House of Representatives have begun a debate on how law enforcement officers in the state will operate and be trained, but the early outcome is that things like the use of tear gas in crowd control will remain in place.
July 24, 2020
Officials in Massachusetts recently passed a "police reform bill" this week that would allow public schools the option of removing resource officers in districts across the state. The bill also imposes police oversight, bans choke-holds, limits the use of tear gas, licenses all law enforcement officers, and requires that they take training on the history of racism.
July 17, 2020
“When you remove the safest control method, you force them to use the less safe tools that they have,” said Rener Gracie, 36, including firearms.
July 16, 2020
"We have arrived at this unfortunate decision due to the hastily written so-called police reform legislation recently passed by the New York City Council," said PBA President Thomas H. Mungeer. "This poorly conceived bill puts an undue burden upon our troopers; it opens them up to criminal and civil liability for restraining a person during a lawful arrest in a manner that is consistent with their training and is legal throughout the rest
July 16, 2020