ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Wednesday, a key Senate committee passed Senator Judy Seeberger’s (DFL – Afton) bill to stop retaliation against law enforcement officers for holding other officers accountable if they use excessive force. After Committee approval, Sen. Seeberger released the following statement.
“Since 2020, law enforcement officers have been required by law to report and intercede in cases where fellow officers use excessive force. Since then, it has become evident that these officers need protection when fulfilling this duty. My bill would protect them in those situations. When officers follow the law and work to prevent excessive force, they need to be assured that they’ll be protected, not punished for doing the right thing.”
Senator Seeberger’s measure was approved with a bi-partisan vote by the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and is now headed to the Finance Committee.