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Newsom Signs California Officer Misconduct Law, Raises Hiring Age to 21

The Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training would first review a local agency’s investigation into the officer’s behavior and determine if another probe is necessary. An advisory board made up of two law enforcement representatives, six members of the community and an attorney could also be recruited to analyze the facts and offer a disciplinary recommendation.

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Texas Bans Agencies from Working with Reality TV Shows

The law was written in response to a man dying in 2019 while in police custody as cameras from the show "Live PD" filmed his arrest.

A Crying Shame: Politics Poisoning Police Reform Efforts

President Joe Biden will hold an event at the White House hosting the family of George Floyd. Will they host the families of the officers killed in the line of duty last year? I'm guessing that's a "hard no."

Alabama House Passes Bill to Help Police with PTSD

The bill would require counties and municipalities to reimburse police for insurance copayments for treatment of PTSD. The bill would also provide disability payments to officers who are unable to work because of PTSD.

Some Oregon Legislators Want to Create Police Use-of-Force Database

A bill heard by the Oregon House subcommittee Wednesday would require the state Criminal Justice Commission to create a new public database that captures reports on the use or threatened use of force by each police or corrections officer.

Mississippi Chiefs Plan to Grade State's Lawmakers on Police Support

The association has listed three measures it supports and will grade lawmakers on this session, including state money to help small departments provide bullet-resistant vests, $1,220 a year in supplemental pay for officers at accredited departments.

Illinois Legislature Passes Bill Mandating Body Cameras for All Officers

A state senate version of the bill would have removed qualified immunity for individual police officers, potentially exposing them to civil lawsuits. This provision was eliminated from the house version of the bill.

KY Legislator who Authored No-Knock Warrant Bill Arrested in Louisville Riot, Police Say She Tried to Burn Library

State Representative Attica Scott was part of a large group that was told to disperse but failed to do so. The arrest report alleges that she "caused damage at multiple locations, including setting fire to the Louisville Public Library."

Texas Governor Considering State Takeover of Austin Police

“Austin politicians have overtly politicized local law enforcement to the detriment of all Texans and given state officials not only a reason, but a compelling duty to act,” said Terry Keel, a former Travis County sheriff and former Republican state representative.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Classifying Domestic Assault as a Violent Crime

Under the new law inmates convicted of domestic abuse would have to serve half their term before they are eligible for parole.

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