Mass. State Legislature Expected To Vote Tuesday On Police Reform Bill

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts could be paving the way for the future of policing, with the state legislature expected to vote on a controversial police reform bill, on Tuesday.

If approved, the bill will bring some changes to how policing is done in Massachusetts.

It is a compromise between the house and senate and is expected to pass Tuesday afternoon. The bill changes and clarifies use of force practices, including banning chokeholds and limits the use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

In addition, the bill also sets new limits on no-knock warrants. One of the biggest changes includes the creation of an independent, nine-person standards and training commission with the ability to certify and decertify an officer's license.

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Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Bob Deleo say while there is still much work to be done, they're proud of the foundation laid by the bill, " as we continue to build towards racial justice and equity."

Both Spilka and Deleo call this the most comprehensive approach to police reform since the tragic murder of George Floyd.

If the bill is passed by both the house and senate on Tuesday, it will then head to Governor Charlie Baker's desk.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rjas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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