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House Committee hears Ferguson related bills

Date: March 30, 2015
By: Kolbie Satterfield
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Just a few weeks after the Chair of Black Caucus attacked the Speaker on the lack of action on Ferguson bills, a House Committee Hearing heard three bills relating to Ferguson
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Wrap:Two bills sponsored by Democratic Representative Brandon Ellington would require police officers to wear body cameras.

With much resistance from republicans in the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee Ellington says he combined his bills due to the lack of interest in law enforcement bills.

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Description: "The bills was initially referred the first week of January, but it's been extremely impossible to get any type of hearing on any type of law enforcement reform bills that we have so I have to use every opportunity...I understand"

Democratic Representative Tommie Pearson also spoke about his bill that would also change the use of force by law enforcement officers. 

No action was taken on either bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield

Intro: 
With just seven weeks left in the legislative session a republican committee heard the Black Caucus's democratic bill dealing with body cameras
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Wrap:A republican dominated committee heard a bill that would require all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras.

This hearing comes just a few weeks after the Chair of the Black Caucus calls out the House speaker on the lack of action on bills pertaining to Ferguson.

Democratic Representative Brandon Ellington said if his bill had been passed sooner, it could have helped the investigation in Ferguson.

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Description: "If this was just about because of what happened in Ferguson which would be a lie because I filed this bill last year before Michael Brown was shot and had we had video and audio equipment there would be no question about what happened that day."

Democratic Representative Tommie Pearson also spoke about his bill that would restrict when police could use legal force.

No action was taken on either Democratic bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield

 

Intro: 
A Republican dominated committee heard a bill dealing with major Ferguson related issues, but took no action.
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Wrap:Before the committee were bills that would require all law enforcement officials to wear body  cameras.

A major Ferguson related issue prompted a question from a republican committee member that democratic bill sponsor  Brandon Ellington said had frequently been asked. 

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Description: "I'm just curious why did you choose guns and ammos to tax and not tires, good question do you know how many emails from Republicans I got about that."

Democratic Representative Tommie Pearson also spoke about his bill that would restrict when police could use legal force.

The republican controlled committee took no action on the bills.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield


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