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Connecticut Police Reform Provisions Go Into Effect Today

Danielle Wedderburn
WSHU Public Radio

Many provisions of Connecticut’s historic police reform act that passed this summer go into effect Thursday. They include bans on chokeholds and no-knock warrants.

Connecticut lawmakers passed the bill after the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor led to nationwide protests.

One provision now taking effect — officers now have to intervene if they see another officer using excessive force. And investigations by the state Department of Criminal Justice’s Inspector General are now required for any physical force that leads to a death.

Some parts of the law don’t take effect until next year — including some changes to when police can use physical force when people try to escape from custody.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.