Senate passes use-of-force bill - WAMC

A pair of bills aimed at reducing police brutality against minorities have passed the Vermont Senate, and now move on to the House.

“The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that would implement new police use-of-force guidelines, ban chokeholds by police and require other officers to intervene if they witness colleagues using a prohibited restraint. A second bill was also given final approval that requires law enforcement agencies to comply with racial data reporting requirements. While the Vermont Legislature had been considering similar proposals for some time, they were given new urgency in the aftermath of George Floyd's killing."


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