Sisolak signs police reforms that include ban on chokeholds |

Sisolak signs police reforms that include ban on chokeholds

The Associated Press
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak during a press conference on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in the former Assembly chambers inside the State Capitol in Carson City, Nev. Nevada's part-time Legislature concluded an emergency special session early Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, after passing a slew of policies that address issues that have arisen amid the coronavirus pandemic and protests over systemic racism.
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Nevada’s governor has signed into law two measures passed by legislators in an emergency session to address laws governing police conduct in light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after an officer pressed a knee to his neck.

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Friday he signed a bill that bans the use of chokeholds and calls for police to intervene and report fellow officers if they observe unjustified uses of force. The law guarantees that people witnessing an arrest or police interaction have the right to record it.

The Democratic governor also signed a measure that partially repealed a 2019 law that protects police officers accused of misconduct. The new measure removes previous restrictions on the use of officer testimony in civil cases and limiting officers’ ability to review evidence against them before testifying in departmental misconduct investigations.