Law enforcement advisory panel offers recommendations for policing reforms
The Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission, created by Gov. Tom Wolf last year, is made up of 21 voting members, including one representative from each of Pennsylvania’s 15 state police troops, and is tasked with reviewing law enforcement practices in the commonwealth and offering recommendations on areas of improvement, including areas such as use-of-force, police-involved shootings and bias-based policing practices.
Pa. Black Caucus pushes for universal collection of racial data from traffic stops
Black lawmakers could hold the deciding votes on two long-sought changes to state driving laws, giving them the rare leverage to ask that an expansion of police oversight be accompanied by protections for Black drivers.
Wolf signs policing hiring and training reforms; more action awaits
Gov. Tom Wolf has signed two policing bills to reform officer hiring and training that were passed in the wake of statewide protests against police brutality.
General Assembly sends Wolf a bill adding protections against sexual assault in police custody
To include police officers, criminal justice reformers were forced to also back enhanced penalties for prison inmates who attack a prison guard.
The General Assembly passed a police hiring database and a chokehold ban. But nothing is on Wolf’s desk yet.
The votes on Wednesday afternoon came two weeks after Black Democrats shut down the House of Representatives, demanding action on their stalled legislation.