Kansas City Mayor Announces Police Reforms, Pardons Man Who Videotaped Incident That Led To Charges Against Officers
Reforms include the use of police body cameras, outside agency review of excessive force incidents, and probable cause statements when officers are involved in shootings.
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Gov. Laura Kelly would still be able to unilaterally delay deadlines for things such as filing taxes or renewing drivers licenses, but legislators would need to approve extensions of disaster declarations or new orders.
Cameras would allow families to document abuse or workers not taking precautions against the coronavirus.
With protests surging throughout the country decrying police killings of African Americans, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt wants the Department of Justice to resume action that was taken after the Ferguson unrest.
The NAACP and others also want Kansas City to regain local control of its police department. On the same day, the city gets $2.5 million donated for body cameras, which are among activists' top demands.
The City Council is considering an ordinance that stems from the third-party taping last year of alleged excessive force by police against an unarmed, handcuffed transgender woman.
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