Virginia lawmakers planning police reform legislation

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — After a week of protests across the state, Virginia lawmakers are brainstorming reforms to improve police accountability and community relations.

“They’re going to be hard conversations but they’re necessary conversations if we’re going to restore that trust,” said Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), vice chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.

It’s possible that new legislation could be introduced during a special session expected later this summer, depending on the rules that are set for it. Otherwise, these reforms won’t be introduced until next year’s General Assembly.