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Lawmakers Want to Strip Pensions from New York Officers with "Serious Complaints"

Two lawmakers in New York state have proposed a bill that would strip police officers of their state pension benefits if fired for issues involving “serious” misconduct.

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Los Angeles Takes First Steps to Have Unarmed Officials Respond to Some Calls Now Handled by Police

Councilman Herb Wesson said he looks forward to working on the project with members of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

New York City Cuts Police Budget by $1 Billion

The city council said in a statement Tuesday that the city's 2021 budget, totaling more than $88 billion, "reduces police spending and shrinks NYPD's footprint."

Virginia Senate Democrats Want to Downgrade Assaulting Officers from Felony to Misdemeanor

Under current law, anyone who is convicted of assaulting a law enforcement officer is guilty of a Class 6 felony and is subject to a mandatory minimum term of confinement of six months, according to Virginia code.

Minneapolis Takes First Steps Toward Disbanding Police Department

The head of the new department would be somebody with "non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches."

House of Representatives Approves "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act"

The United States House of Representatives on Thursday approved draft legislation named for George Floyd, whose in-custody death last month has sparked weeks of widespread civil unrest and calls for police reform.

Hot-Lanta is a Hot Mess

Police Union spokesman Champion says Mayor Bottoms is part of the morale problem. "They're just fed up. I mean, their mayor has come out and said everything that they used to do with use of force is not valid—'Don't do it'—so I don't know how we defend ourselves when people want to fight us," he said.

Charlotte Leaders Ban Police Purchase of Chemical Agents

“Without their use, this city would be on fire, and injuries would be much greater,” the FOP said of chemical agents. “As rocks and explosives are hurled at them, what measures do the police in Charlotte now have to defend themselves and the preservation of life and property?”

Elected Leaders in Minneapolis and Other Cities Call for "Defunding Police"

In the wake of the in-custody death of George Floyd—as well as the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in recent weeks—some lawmakers are seeking to disband the police departments in their cities.

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Los Angeles Proposes $150 Million Cut in LAPD Budget, Money to be Spent on Social Programs

“Our only path forward is to dismantle the systems that are designed to harm people of color,” Wesson said on Twitter. “A preliminary cut to the LAPD budget will not solve everything, but it’s a step toward to being the city we aspire to be.”