Take The States: Change Starts at the Local Level


Black Lives Matter protests erupted in the US and beyond following the cruel killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. Weekly, and in some places daily, rallies and marches demand an end to police brutality and to systemic racism.


And less than two months later, at least 13 states have passed legislation to curtail police brutality.


Since June and in a response to the Black Lives Matter rallies, protests and marches, lawmakers in Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon and Minnesota banned chokeholds.


Police officer immunity from lawsuits was cut in Colorado.


The use of lethal force was restricted by legislators in Colorado and Minnesota.


Anti-bias and de-escalation training is now required in Pennsylvania and Iowa, after passing the legislatures with bipartisan support.


Independent investigation of police involved killings was approved in New York and Minnesota. These are some of the more than 30 state-level recent changes in the rules that have permitted police brutality and systemic racism. This legislation is a small, initial start of the change needed. Many proposals to change laws in several states have not yet passed.