Alabama to have database to track disciplinary actions, excessive force complaints against law enforcement officers

Alabama could soon have a database that would track disciplinary actions and excessive force complaints against law enforcement officers, a measure aimed at weeding out “bad apples” in the profession.

The Alabama Legislature last week approved a bill that would create a state database to track law enforcement officers’ employment history, disciplinary actions, use of force complaints and reassignments for cause. The bill is now before Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey who will decide whether to sign it into law.

Nationwide, there have been calls for greater transparency in policing following the high-profile shootings and deaths of unarmed African Americans with states taking a variety of actions. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday in the death of George Floyd, whose killing sparked nationwide protests.

Source: Associated Press – KIM CHANDLER

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