Missouri Lawmakers are Advancing Legislation to Discourage Investigations into Police Misconduct

Missouri state lawmakers are moving forward on bills to discourage investigations into police misconduct. On Tuesday, the Senate General Laws Committee advanced SB 26 and on Monday, the Senate Judiciary, Civil, and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee advanced SB 66. Both bills would impose arbitrary restrictions on misconduct investigations, undermining transparency and police accountability and even subjecting local governments and law enforcement agencies to the threat of civil fines and other costs. They passed SB 66 — completely unironically — during the same hearing in which they passed SB 60, a bill to prevent police misconduct and violence by requiring transparency surrounding officer-involved deaths, tightening the law on police use of force, and mandating de-escalation training, among other important proposals to enhance police accountability. Meanwhile, the House passed HSC / HB 85 and 310 yesterday, bills which would purport to nullify federal gun laws and threaten to punish law enforcement agencies for protecting their communities by helping to enforce public safety laws.

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