Police Department, Bill, Montgomery County Council discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
Mark Lewis with 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. As support from the county Council. The 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 Ponder 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. Landesman, a community member, says the bill doesn't do enough to live. 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 the BTO Penis. And the Montgomery 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. Oh, 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. Take Ryan. W T o p news Meantime, in the district's the D C council passed an emergency police reform bill last night. It replaces a bill that the council approved last month, but that the mayor had concerns about Bill preserves the inclusion of a standard for the use of deadly force. But we want to consider the standard for non deadly force in the permanent version of the bill, which will hold a hearing on moves later this fall. Council member Charles Allen, currently those charged with assault on a police officer, had the right to a jury trial with 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..