CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Nevada took its first steps toward joining the growing number of state Legislatures throughout the United States that have revisited laws governing police conduct in light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after an officer pressed a knee to his neck.
The state Senate and Assembly passed bills Saturday that, if signed into law, will ban the use of chokeholds and roll back protections afforded to officers during misconduct investigations in an effort to foster accountability.
After thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Las Vegas, Reno and other Nevada cities in late May and early June, Gov. Steve Sisolak and legislative leaders vowed to address protesters’ demands for reform.
Reform advocates, in particular, have demanded the repeal of a 2019 bill that strengthened protections for officers facing misconduct allegations, complicating statehouse Democrats’ efforts to position themselves alongside reform advocates and protesters.
The bill passed with near-unanimous support, with Democrats