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Virginia House approves sweeping package of police reforms

Posted at 8:02 AM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 08:02:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a sweeping package of police reforms.

The legislation includes many of the measures protesters around the country have called for since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The bills call for prohibiting the use of choke holds and no-knock search warrants, requiring police officers to intervene to stop the use of excessive force by another officer, and expanding the grounds to decertify officers who commit misconduct.

Democrats hailed the legislation as long-overdue measures to hold police accountable for their actions.

Republicans said the bills will only make it more difficult for police to protect law-abiding citizens.