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Federal Bill Requires Police Fleets to Install Safety Tech to Protect Officers from Being Struck by Other Drivers

Two senators and a state representative from Illinois have introduced a bill that aims to increase awareness of Move Over laws and encourage police fleets to install safety technology to further promote officer safety along the side of the road.

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New NC Law Toughens Penalty for Assaulting LEOs

"Conner's Law" is named after State Trooper Kevin Conner, who was shot to death almost a year ago during a traffic stop in Columbus County, NC.

California Law Prohibits Facial Recognition on Police Body Cameras

The bill from Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, takes effect at the start of 2020 and expires after three years. Ting initially proposed a permanent ban on the technology.

Texas Officers who Suffer Off-Duty Heart Attacks and Their Survivors Now Eligible for Benefits

As of Sept. 1, working law enforcement officers in Texas who have heart attacks off duty or on duty will be considered to have had their medical events in the line of duty and be eligible for state and federal line-of-duty benefits.

CA Governor Signs Bill to Finance New Police Use-of-Force Training

The coursework will also include use-of-force review and analysis, cultural competency, reporting requirements and how to deescalate situations involving persons with mental illness.

CA Governor Signs Law Allowing Citizens to Refuse to Help Police

Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would no longer require any "able-bodied person 18 years of age or older" in the state to help an officer who requests assistance during an arrest.

Politics, Press, Police Use-of-Force, De-Policing, and Deadly Hesitation

California Governor Gavin Newsom, Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, and NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill (left to right) have all made headlines in the past couple of weeks that may lead to worsening the continuing trends of deadly hesitation and de-policing in America. Images courtesy of Facebook.

New CA Law Will Require Deadly Force to be "Necessary"

Under the new standard, prosecutors can also consider the actions both of officers and of the victim leading up to a deadly encounter, to determine whether the officer acted within the scope of law, policy and training.

Pennsylvania School Police Officers to Lose Arrest Powers

Seven months after a Snyder County judge granted full arrest powers to Selinsgrove Area School District Police Chief Mark Wolfberg and two of his part-time officers, Pennsylvania lawmakers have stripped much of their authority away.

NY Lawmakers Want to Make Attacking Officers with Water a Felony

The bill would make it a Class E felony to throw or spray water or any other substance against an on-duty police officer, and would carry a possible maximum sentence of four years behind bars.