(TargetLiberty.org) – The news is full of attempts to defund or shut down police departments in the wake of George Floyd’s death. None of these attempts are likely to succeed, but there’s a less visible and radical wave following with laws designed to restrict the powers of cops – and some of these are already in force.
Several California cities, including Los Angeles, have suspended the use of chokeholds for at least 30 days, and there’s a good chance that will become law. Permanent bans have already been introduced in New York, Minnesota, Denver, CO, Dallas, TX and Washington, DC.
New York's state legislature unanimously passed a ban on police use of chokeholds on Monday, along with a series of other police reform legislation. https://t.co/ShnOzqFfnN
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Other cities have either banned tear gas or are working on it. Other examples include laws on the use of body cameras, accountability, and the transfer of ex-military equipment to police departments. Now congressional Democrats have put forward a police reform bill that would enforce most of these bans at a federal level. Only time will tell if these reforms will have a lasting impact or not.
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