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Virginia panel approves sweeping police reform bill

Virginia Legislature Special Session
Posted at 11:02 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 11:02:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A sweeping police reform bill that would eliminate the use of no-knock warrants, limit the use of chokeholds and make it easier to decertify officers for misconduct has won approval from a key Virginia legislative committee.

The omnibus reform bill advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

The bill was heard by the committee on the first day of a special legislative session focused on addressing the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and calls for police and criminal justice reforms following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.