New Colorado Police Reform Ends Cops’ Qualified Immunity and Sidesteps Federal Courts

by Ryan McMaken

The governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, signed new legislation on Friday, which immediately puts into effect a wide variety of new reforms regulating the state’s police agencies. These include a number of provisions related to the use of force, body-cam recordings, and qualified immunity for police officers.

Specifically, the bill states:

  • All local and state police officers must wear body cameras by 2023.
  • Body camera footage must be made public (with the exception of footage the violates the privacy of victims and other non-police officers shown in footage.)
  • Chokeholds are prohibited.

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