The Senate debated a bill limiting when officers can use deadly force.
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The Senate debated a bill limiting when officers can use deadly force.

Date: April 21, 2015
By: Krista Gmelich
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
A bill that would restrict when officers can use deadly force ran into resistance in the Senate.
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Wrap: The bill would authorize officers to shoot only if the suspect is a threat to the officer or others. 

Senator Kurt Schaefer questioned whether this bill would hinder the officer's ability to make a quick decision.

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Description: When you put an officer in a position where literally something that's going to happen in a thirtieth of a second, and they have to weigh all those factors, it can be very difficult.

The bill was a bipartisan effort.

This discussion comes eight months after the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Krista Gmelich.

Intro: 
Lawmakers discussed a bill that would limit when police officers can use deadly force.
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Wrap: The bill would restrict when police officers can use deadly force on a suspect.

Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal says Missouri is behind other states and this bill is long overdue.

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Description: We really weren't doing what we needed to do as state. And I don't want us to be 30 years behind. Like we are literally, when it comes to deadly force, we are 30 years behind.

Several Republican senators questioned the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Krista Gmelich.


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