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Sen. committee heard bipartisan testimony to restrict when police can use deadly force.

Date: February 24, 2015
By: Katie Hynes
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 42, SB 199

Intro: 
A bipartisan effort was presented to a Senate committee to restrict the right of police to shoot at a suspect.
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Wrap: Missouri law authorizes a cop to kill a fleeing felon. 

Republican Senator Bob Dixon and Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed urged the Senate Judiciary Committee for change.

The Chief spiritual leader from the St. Louis Afrikan Village and Cultural Center, Ray Hagins, says cops should only be allowed to shoot if they feel threatened. 

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Description: "There's this phrase out now and I'm sure you've heard it 'black lives matter.' Well the truth of the matter is lives matter, period, not just black. Lives matter."

Although the bill comes out of the shooting death of Michael Brown, his name was never mentioned.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.

Intro: 
A leader of a spiritual oragnization in St. Louis urged members of the Senate to change the Missouri law for when police can use deadly force.
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Wrap: Pastor Ray Hagins from the Afrikan Village and Cultural Center says the Missouri law needs to change.

Hagins testified in favor of St. Louis Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed's bill to the Senate Judiciary committee.  

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Description: "What we are saying is that a law enforcement officer should not have the right, and it's not right, for a law enforcement officer to use their weapon in an act of deadly force when there is no eminent threat to the officer."

Hagins says he wants the law to change so that a cop can shoot only if he or she is in immediate danger.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.   

Intro: 
A St. Louis pastor told one Senate committee that an officer should only be allowed to use force if he or she is in eminant danger.
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Wrap: A pastor from the Afrikan Village and Cultural Center Ray Hagins testified in favor of St. Louis Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed's bill.

Hagins says the bill needs to say that the only time a cop can use deadly force is when he or she feels there is eminant danger.

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Description: "If that's not there, if there's nothing there to hold that officer back, then that makes the officer the judge, jury and executioner on the scene. And that simply is not right."

Missouri law allows for an officer to shoot any suspect fleeing the scene of a crime.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.  


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