McClellan Statement on Senate Passage of Police Reform Package

Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), released the following statement on the passage of Senate legislation to reform policing in Virginia. McClellan is a patron of the bill, SB 5030, which was introduced by Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton).

“This landmark legislation is a significant step forward in reforming a justice system that has not been equitable.” said Sen. McClellan. “Leaders must take bold action to begin to restore public trust and provide long-overdue accountability and equity to our justice system. This legislation was successful after listening to advocates across the board and across the Commonwealth. Our constituents have asked for change and we are determined to continue to deliver that change during this special session and beyond.”

The police reform bill will:

  • Prohibit No Knock Warrants (Breonna Taylor)
  • Ban Sex With Individuals Arrested by Law Enforcement
  • Prohibit Hiring of Officers Fired or Resigned During Use of Force Investigations
  • Create a Decertification Procedure for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Ban chokeholds and strangleholds (George Floyd)
  • Require Attempts at De-escalation Prior to Use of Force
  • Require Warnings Before Shots Fired
  • Require Law Enforcement to Exhaust All Other Means Prior to Shooting
  • Create Duty to Intervene by Fellow Law Enforcement Officers
  • Prohibit Shooting at Moving Motor Vehicles
  • Require Departments to Create a Use of Force Continuum
  • Require Comprehensive Reporting by All Law Enforcement Agencies Including Use of Force Data
  • Cancel HB599 Funding (Virginia supplemental funding for local police departments) After Local Police Have Disproportionate Use of Force Incidents In their Jurisdiction