States diverge on police reforms after George Floyd killing

The Associated Press - January 1, 2022 7:58 am

DENVER (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in California, Maryland, and Washington passed far-reaching policing reforms this year in response to the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. However the first full year of state legislative sessions since the killing sparked a summer of racial justice protests produced a far more mixed response in the rest of the country.

A number of states implemented incremental reforms, such as banning chokeholds or tightening rules around use of body cameras. However several Republican-led states responded by granting police even greater authority and passing laws that cracked down on protesters.

Police reform legislation also hit a wall in Congress.

 

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