States, cities lead on police reform given federal government's limited reach

April 19, 2021

By Leandra Bernstein

From the article: "...Federal police reform faces an uphill battle in the narrowly divided U.S. Senate, where most Republicans oppose the provisions of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. That could shift greater weight on state and local efforts to transform policing to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.

While the federal policing reform begins to address officer accountability, consequences and transparency, local laws can go even further, said Hans Menos, Vice President of law enforcement initiatives at the Center for Policing Equity.

"They can reconsider how they police, who is doing the policing and prevent police from being a catch-all," Menos said. "So, again, we definitely need all levels of reform to reimagine our public safety systems nationwide to meet communities’ needs..."

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