Employment & Labor
States Lead the Way on Policing Reform
June 29, 2020 | Kim Miller, Rayven Davis, Chris Mattox
Since the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, protests have sprung up across the United States demanding vast, structural reforms to the practice of law enforcement. State legislators have become engaged on this issue as well: as of June 29, lawmakers in 23 states and the District of Columbia have introduced 169 policing reform bills. After analyzing these bills, we’ve noted four main themes: accountability, training, reform of police tactics, and imposing new duties on police officers to prevent violence. In this article, we review each of these themes on the police reform legislation making their way through state legislatures.