Blue Cities Push Ahead With Police Reform

Blue Cities Push Ahead With Police Reform

(TheIndependentStar.com) – The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed the House but stalled in the Senate. With Congress admitting reform at the federal level it’s unlikely, many states have taken up the initiative to make changes in law enforcement.

The changes are mostly occurring in Blue states where lawmakers want to create new restrictive rules to overhaul how law enforcement officials do their jobs. California put new policing rules in place on September 30, and Maryland enacted new policies on October 1. In both instances, the laws will expose officers to higher levels of scrutiny and increase the amount of bureaucratic red tape within the system.

Such laws increase the liability to police officers when they use force of any kind. States have put bans on chokehold and restricted the use of non-lethal tools for controlling crowds. Some areas have put civilian advisory panels in place to serve as judge and jury for officers who have had to use lethal force against suspects, allowing these panels to go so far as to relieve an officer of duty.

A measure going on the ballot in November in Minnesota will allow people to vote to get rid of the police. Instead, they would have a department of public safety.

Opposition to such reform comes from police groups who feel such stipulations make it difficult for officers to do what they need to do to keep the public safe. They also state many of the new restrictions will make it harder to find people to fill job vacancies.

Is reform at this level necessary? Will it eventually leave cities vulnerable because agencies can’t hire enough officers to cover all shifts and areas?

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