Michigan Senate Approves Police Reform Bill

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The state Senate took a significant step towards helping ease tensions between the community and police.

The chamber unanimously voted to pass a bill that would reform police training in Michigan to focus on anti-bias and de-escalation techniques, while also reforming mental health screenings for officers.

The bill’s author says this has been in the works for a few weeks now, but the current climate has sped up the timeline.

It will now head to the House for passage and then on to the governor, who has already supported the effort.

Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement: “The passage of Senate Bill 945 is a necessary step in the right direction. This will not undo years of overly aggressive police actions, but it does serve as an acknowledgement of the problems with how we police and the steps we must take to drive change in the days, months and years to come. We cannot allow the system to continue to fail communities of color and this bill will allow us to move forward to bring about concrete change.”