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“This isn’t only about what’s going on in other states. This is about what’s happening in our own backyards.” -Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo)
The death of George Floyd ignited conversations that are long overdue in our society. We’ve seen thousands of people take to the streets to demand change and to affirm once again that Black Lives Matter. In response, the Colorado Senate seized the urgency of the moment and passed a powerful piece of legislation, Senate Bill 217. This bill, which passed with broad bipartisan support, will dramatically reform aspects of law enforcement that have for too long allowed the perpetuation of systemic racism.
Systemic racism has no place in our society, and certainly should have no place in law enforcement. Senate Bill 217 aims to improve Coloradan’s confidence in the integrity of our law enforcement. It requires increased transparency and formalized actions for those found improperly using force.
Here’s what the bill does: