Last week, state legislators introduced LCO No. 3471, "An Act Concerning Police Accountability." On Friday, July 17, 2020, the Connecticut General Assembly's Judiciary Committee will hold a listening session about the bill. As introduced, this bill contains some important measures of police accountability and police divestment, which we support. And this bill contains some provisions which require changes if their intent of meaningfully reshaping policing are to be fully realized. Regardless of what happens next at the legislature, this bill cannot be the end of the conversation. If the General Assembly is committed to ending police violence and racism in policing, it must do more in upcoming sessions, especially around divesting from policing.
Below, you'll find a copy of the ACLU of Connecticut's written testimony regarding LCO No. 3471, "An Act Concerning Police Accountability," as introduced.