Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday signed into law a wide-ranging police accountability bill that proponents said answers the calls for reform, after the police-involved death of George Floyd and other Black people, and works toward rebuilding trust in Connecticut’s police departments.
The legislation, which cleared the Senate early Wednesday morning, creates a new inspector general to investigate police use-of-force cases, limits circumstances in which deadly use of force can be justified, and allows more civilian oversight of police departments and allows civil lawsuits against officers by individuals who’ve had their constitutional rights violated by police if those actions were deemed “malicious, wanton or willful,” among other things.
“In the streets of Connecticut we saw a lot of people, thousands of people go into our streets for weeks, and suggest to us that we needed to do something about the system that is in place,” said Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, the co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee. “And