Radio Report: Mosbrucker says balance needed in law enforcement tactics bill to keep communities, police safe

The state House of Representatives passed a controversial measure Saturday evening that enacts new restrictions on law enforcement activities and the equipment they use. John Sattgast reports.

 Radio Report Transcript

SATTGAST: House Bill 1054 would prohibit police officers from using chokeholds and neck restraints; and acquiring or using tear gas and certain types of military equipment. It also requires policies to ensure officers are reasonably identifiable. And it enforces the “knock and announce” rule.

Representative Gina Mosbrucker is the ranking Republican on the House Public Safety Committee. She and other Republicans voted against the bill but acknowledged the need to bridge the fragile relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

MOSBRUCKER: “I do think that we do need to have a balance to reach the same goals. If we have police violence, those officers should be accountable for every single thing that they do. Just like you and I are. This particular job, we have to do everything we can to keep them safe. We have to make sure we give them every single tool that we can.”

SATTGAST: One provision that would have prohibited the use of police dogs to apprehend suspects was removed from the measure. The bill passed the House 54-43. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

John Sattgast, the state Capitol.


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