Democratic Lawmakers Developing Police Reform Legislation

Thursday, June 11th 2020, 6:40 am
By: Katelyn Ogle

Democratic lawmakers are working on legislation they said will help law enforcement become more transparent and accountable.

At the state Capitol, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are taking a closer look at these ideas to come up with a comprehensive reform package.

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Representative Monroe Nichols of Tulsa said so far the plans have three key points.

The first calls for independent investigations, which would create and office of independent monitors within the state’s Attorney General’s Office.

A citizen oversight task force would focus on standards and training.

The last reform calls for Critical Incident Accountability. That would create a list of officers who have either quit or have been let go because of disciplinary actions.

“These are not only necessary reforms,” said Representative Monroe Nichols. “But they represent a new standard of practice in critical steps Oklahoma has taken to protect citizens and restore faith and trust in law enforcement.”

The President of the Fraternal Order of Police said he hasn’t had a chance to look over the proposed reforms, but he’s always willing to talk about what can be done better.

Nichols said he hopes to get the ball rolling on getting these reforms into laws when the next legislative session starts in February.