Two Democratic state lawmakers have teamed up to address the growing concerns over police accountability and transparency in the wake of controversial officer-involved shootings.
House Representatives Reginald Bolding (D-27) and Ken Clark (D-24) announced house bills 2649 and 2650 Monday morning.
Rep. Bolding sponsored HB 2649, which would create a statewide database to track the disciplinary actions of law enforcement officers across all state agencies. He hopes this would prevent “bad-apple” officers from easily jumping between agencies without an extensive background check of their career.
HB 2650, sponsored by Rep. Clark, would require that investigations into deadly officer-involved shootings be performed by an independent agency, not the agency that was involved.
“You’ve got people in the community who feel, ‘We see all these police-involved shootings and the outcome always seems to be the same,'” Rep. Clark said. “They don’t feel like the process itself is trustworthy. We feel like this is a very simple fix.”
Both bills were so recently introduced that they have not been assigned to a committee.