RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Almost five months after George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a host of police reforms as it nears the end of a special session.
The reforms include legislation that bans no-knock search warrants, enables localities to establish civilian review boards with subpoena power and disciplinary authority, and makes it easier to decertify officers who commit misconduct.
Other reforms were rejected amid pressure from Republicans and police who branded the legislation as “anti-law enforcement” and predicted it would make officers’ jobs more dangerous. Those reforms included a bill that would’ve made it easier to sue police officers for misconduct and legislation that would’ve eliminated mandatory jail time for assaulting a police officer.
The reform package now headed to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk is getting mixed reviews from law enforcement agencies, social justice advocates and lawmakers.
“It’s been clear that we need to reimagine and transform the