UPDATED 1:45 PM PT — Thursday, July 23, 2020
This week, Minnesota made its Police Accountability Act a law.
Governor Tim Walz signed the bill on Thursday, which will ban neck restraints, choke holds and other uses of excessive force in the state.
Today I signed the bipartisan Minnesota Police Accountability Act, which got across the finish line because of the hard work and dedication of the @DFLPOCICaucus. These are long-overdue changes, but they do not end the conversation we’re having about police accountability. pic.twitter.com/PtjkPN8ySy
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) July 23, 2020
As part of the new law, officers will receive more training on handling people with mental health issues and autism. The legislation will also make it the duty of officers to step in when a coworker is using excessive force.
“The bill that the governor signed today is not everything that needs to and should be done. Our commitment to the people, the families and communities impacted by police violence does not start or end here today. This is a first step.” – Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
Additionally, the law will create a new advisory council for the state board to license officers.