Law allowing Connecticut citizens to sue police for egregious violations goes into effect July 1

George Floyd's murder led to a major overhaul of police rules in Connecticut.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2021, 5:06 PM

Updated 1,087 days ago

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George Floyd's murder led to a major overhaul of police rules in Connecticut.
After Floyd's murder, thousands took to Connecticut's streets and lawmakers passed sweeping police reforms.
Some changes started immediately - it's now easier to decertify police officers for excessive force or racial profiling.
Towns can form civilian review boards with subpoena power, and officers must get a behavioral health assessment every five years.
"This is about a system and individuals within a system who need to be cleaned out. And this is the first step," state Sen. Doug McCrory says.
If police officers witness excessive force, they now must report it.
But there's still work to be done.
A new inspector general is supposed to investigate police shootings, but no one's been hired yet. New limits on chokeholds were recently delayed until 2022, but the big change comes on July 1 when citizens will finally be able to sue individual police officers.
The officer will only have to pay if they're found guilty of an egregious violation.
Last summer, the head of Stamford's police union predicted a wave of retirements.
"I'm hearing that every day. As soon as this law started coming out, I started receiving text messages, phone calls from some of our officers going, 'I guess it's time to leave," Sgt. Kris Engstrand President of the Stamford Police Union says.


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