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ACLU, law enforcement leaders discuss future of policing

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 23:40:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The ACLU and law enforcement leaders from around the state took their suggestions on police reform to the Capitol today for a public hearing ahead of a special session on police reform scheduled for August.

One widely accepted recommendation would expand what an officer can be de-certified for to include the use of excessive force.

Civil rights groups called for an end to providing officers with legal protection from civil lawsuits and taking police out of schools.

Members of law enforcement groups voiced concerns about civilian review boards, saying they would have power over sheriff's departments if those positions are elected.

In June, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney committed to enacting a crisis alert to aid police in de-escalating situations involving mental health crises and exploring the creation of a Citizen Review Board for the city's police department -- an entity independent of the police department’s internal affairs that would consist of a diverse group of stakeholders who would be able to identify issues and recommend policy changes related to policing in Richmond.