Senate POCI Caucus Members Introduce Transformational Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Legislation

SAINT PAUL, MN— Today, Senate DFL members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus announced legislation that has been introduced in the Senate to address criminal justice disparities and injustice. They released the following joint statement.

“As Minnesotans across the state continue to grieve and grapple with the murder of George Floyd, it is our responsibility as legislators to take strong legislative action that warrants meaningful change within our criminal justice system. This special session we have introduced legislation in the Senate to do just that. It’s not sufficient to pass performative legislation in order to say we did something. We need legislation that holds systems accountable and keeps communities safe. The POCI Caucus will continue its work on a package that prioritizes sanctity of life and ensures racial justice.

The choices made in our legal and prison systems do not treat all Minnesotans equally, especially people of color, refugees and new immigrants and it is past time to stop ignoring the racial injustices in our state. We are calling for the Chair of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, Senator Warren Limmer, to hold hearings on these bills immediately.”

Senate bills introduced by Senate DFL members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus include:

SF 87 – Peace officer deadly force use authority modification

SF 93 – Choke holds and other restraints prohibition; law enforcement agencies to update policies regarding to use of force requirements

SF 94 – Duty for peace officers to intercede when another peace officer is using unreasonable force requirement

SF 84 – Peace-officer-involved death prosecutorial authority attorney general assignment and appropriation

SF 92 – Minneapolis and St. Paul peace officers residency requirements

SF 95 – Peace officers warrior-style training prohibition

SF 78 – Law enforcement citizen oversight councils local units of government requirement

SF 86 – Right to vote restoration upon incarceration release or sentencing without incarceration

SF 81 – Peace officers standards for crisis intervention and mental illness crisis training establishment

SF 83 – Bureau of criminal apprehension (BCA) use of force investigations unit establishment and appropriation

SF 88 – Release on bail use limit

SF 89 – Right to vote restoration upon incarceration release or sentencing without incarceration

SF 79 – Civil statute of limitations for certain actions by peace officers extension

SF 80 – Peace officer complaint or charge against type of data included in status clarification

SF 82 – Peace officer grievance arbitration arbitrator selection modification

SF 85 – Autism training development and implementation for peace officers requirement and appropriation

SF 115 – Public safety critical incident stress management information as evidence prohibition; law enforcement use of force reporting; critical incident review process for peace officer involved shootings establishment; office of community-led public safety coordination establishment

SF 116 – Prohibiting public safety critical incident stress management information as evidence; reporting law enforcement use of force

SF 117 – Miscellaneous law enforcement provisions modification

SF 118 – Establishing a critical incident review process for peace officer involved shootings

SF 119 – Modifying a peace officer’s authority to use deadly force; assigning prosecutorial authority for peace-officer-involved deaths to the attorney general; establishing an independent Use of Force Investigations Unit within the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; limiting the use of money bail for certain offenses.

Senate members of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus include Senator Foung Hawj, Senator Jeff Hayden, Senator Patricia Torres Ray, Senator Melisa Franzen, Senator Bobby Joe Champion.

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