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House advances 'son of SB 217,' law enforcement accountability measures

House Bill 1250 would make sweeping changes to a police reform bill that was already passed last year.

DENVER — The state House of Representatives on Monday advanced legislation seeking to build on last year’s police accountability package, setting the stage for a final vote to move the bill on to the Senate.

House Bill 1250 from Denver Democratic Reps. Leslie Herod and Assistant Majority Leader Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez seeks to further last year's Senate Bill 217 with some major provisions, including:

  • broadening the requirement for law enforcement officers to use body-worn cameras to include wellness checks;
  • expanding data collection requirements;
  • adding flexibility to consequences delivered by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for officers who use unnecessary force; and
  • removing qualified immunity for Colorado State Patrol troopers, a protection that was stripped from local law enforcement officers by SB 217.

But the chamber’s move to advance the bill past debate and on to a final vote came over the objections of Republicans, who focused the debate on a provision seeking to clarify use-of-force standards by requiring officers exhaust all reasonable de-escalation techniques before resorting to force.

RELATED: Colorado lawmakers advance changes to police accountability bill that passed after George Floyd’s death

That provision was initially reworked by an amendment from Herod and Gonzales-Gutierrez to lower the standard to replace “reasonable” with “practical.” According to Herod, the use of force on Elijah McClain and Karen Garner were clearly not “necessary and proportionate.”

>Read more at Colorado Politics

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