Bill, Police Department, City Council discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News

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Now, on Wednesday, the eighth of July were 81 degrees already going up to the low nineties today. Good morning. I'm Bruce Allen. The top local stories we're following this hour. Montgomery County is looking at ways to reform its police department. And last night community members weighed in on a bill that has support from the County Council they use of force Bill would require the police chief to write a new policy around the use of force with certain requirements. Officers wouldn't be allowed to hit suspects who are already restraint. They'd also be required to step in if they saw another officer using force. Caroline ponders. Spoke on behalf of the local you and ask that the bill also being all choke holds and no knock warts on checked. Police power is not an effective means to keeping the public face on. Landesman, a community member, says the bill doesn't do enough to limit conflicts from happening in the first place. Think you have to look at the problem more broadly and more comprehensively and will now go to the Public Safety Committee for consideration tomorrow? Melissa how GOP News McGovern County Council is also considering a plan to add a civilian assistant police chief Montgomery County's police chief Marcus Jones, testified in favor of the bill that would create the position of a civilian assistant police chief chief of police Will be expected to enhance community policing through their leadership focused on improving the trust between the community and the police Department, as well as focused upon evidence based policing practices, Jones testified in a Montgomery County Council hearing. Leigh Holland with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 35 said the police union supported creating the position. As long as the person had experience and training in criminal justice. Kate Ryan w T. O P News in D C. The City Council passed an emergency police reform bill last night. It'll replace the bill the council approved just last month, but that the mayor had concerns about the bill preserves the inclusion of a standard for the use of deadly force. But we're going to consider the standard for non deadly force in the permanent version of the bill, which will hold a hearing on move later. Council member Charles Allen currently those charged with assault on a police officer. Have the right to a jury trial. But the bill calls for that right to also be extended to people charged with simple assault involving a law enforcement officer. Council member David Grosso introduced an amendment calling on D C police to stop using cell site simulator technology that he fears maybe being used to track protesters in the city. But the amendment was defeated. Michelle Bash. W T o P News get ready to pay a little more for gas IN D. C. The D C council raised the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon and got rid of some of the tax breaks for businesses, hoping it would help dig the city out of its pandemic related financial slide. But lawmakers did not pass an income tax increase for the wealthy. The council did raise another $63 million by increasing taxes on businesses with the money going to social services, including housing vouchers, assistance to undocumented immigrants and mental health help in schools. Tax increases go against advice for Mayor Bowser, who argued that it's foolhardy to raise taxes this year. Given the uncertainty of the economy. The council's unanimous approval of the budget for the fiscal year that starts October 1st came in the first of two votes that this month. If you've been on either road, you know that I 66 near Route.

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