Heavy emphasis on oversight and regulation of police
The creation of police oversight boards in Nebraska’s largest cities is aimed at bringing more accountability to community-police interactions, says freshman lawmaker Terrell of Omaha.
“This issue isn’t foreign to Nebraska,” he said of his Municipal Police Oversight Act (LB515), which is one of 43 proposals dealing with police that McKinney and his colleagues will face.
“Police issues are not just occurring in other cities and states across the country and its imperative we do something about it,” he said.
At least three proposals, all sponsored by Omaha senators, deal with police oversight, training and prohibition of certain procedures by officers. They come in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the subsequent response to protests by law enforcement agencies last year in Lincoln and Omaha. Bills address everything from education and training, background checks, banning chokeholds and requiring officers to intervene if another is using excessive force.
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