Virginia panel approves sweeping police reform bill

Virginia panel approves sweeping police reform bill
Virginia State Capitol (Source: Capital News Service)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A sweeping police reform bill that would eliminate the use of no-knock warrants, limit the use of chokeholds and make it easier to decertify officers for misconduct has won approval from a key Virginia legislative committee.

The omnibus reform bill advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

The bill was heard by the committee on the first day of a special legislative session focused on addressing the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and calls for police and criminal justice reforms following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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