Arkansas has recently passed a handful of laws which are highly beneficial to the people and will go into effect in 2022. Some of the laws ban vaccine mandates, grant constitutional carry, and even contain tax cuts. One of these laws, however, Act 792, serves as a guide book for the rest of the nation on how to control the problem of bad cops. The act requires annual training for officers on how to stop their fellow cops from using excessive force and other misconduct while on duty.
"After the George Floyd incident there was a lot of discussion about law enforcement and appropriate training," said District 77 State Rep. Justin Boyd (R), who sponsored the bill that was signed into law as Act 792.
Act 792 requires all law enforcement officials to undergo annual training on their duty to intervene when another officer uses excessive force.
The law will take effect Jan. 13, at which point officers will be required to undergo the training.
This new law mirrors other legislation which will only serve to help curb the problem of police abuse. Unlike other laws which only tell cops they must intervene, Act 792 actually requires officers to receive annual training on how to go about it.
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"It's a cultural change, just to make sure that people understand how important that duty to intervene is. There are only two other things that are required in state law for annual training. One of them is certification with a firearm and the other one is on racial profiling. So this will be third," Boyd said.
Since the murder of George Floyd rocked the nation last year, across the country police departments and municipalities have passed legislation requiring cops to intervene if they see their fellow officer — like Derek Chauvin — committing a crime or violating someone's rights.
As TFTP reported earlier this year, former Buffalo Police Officer, Cariol Horne has been fighting for her pension since she was fired after 19 years on the force, over an incident in 2006 when she stopped a fellow officer from choking a handcuffed suspect. For her heroic actions, instead getting rewarded and allowed to retire, Horne was beaten and fired.
However, in April, Horne received her full pension thanks to a shift in the paradigm that used to protect bad cops. Last year, Buffalo Common Council approved three resolutions in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the recent protests against police brutality. One of the resolutions enforces the city’s “duty to intervene” policy, which mandates that officers intervene if they see another officer using excessive force — effectively justifying Horne's intervention.
Other municipalities have made similar moves, like Chicago's "Bad Apple Act" that makes cops liable for failing to intervene if such a deprivation of rights is occurring in front of them.
As more municipalities and state governments make this move -- and good cops actually follow it -- the divide between the police and the policed could finally begin to shrink. And we can finally start to have conversations about law enforcement's role in drug use and other victimless crimes for which they should have none.