Wisconsin racial justice task force issues recommendations

Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 9:45 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 5:42 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly’s bipartisan racial disparities task force created in the wake of a white Kenosha police officer shooting a Black man is making 18 recommendations ranging from things like officer training and standards to law enforcement oversight and even community engagement. But three topics generated the most discussion.

The group stopped short Wednesday of calling for a total ban on chokeholds. Instead of a total ban, they recommended chokeholds not be used unless an officer is in a life-threatening situation or for self defense.

The group also discussed the use of no-knock warrants. Those allow officers to enter a home without first asking to be let in. The subcommittee went back and forth on this topic, but in the end, they did not make a decision on whether to allow them or not.

The group could also not reach consensus on how to define what constitutes excessive police use of force for the purposes of a statewide definition. The Democratic governor had also proposed creating a statewide definition as part of a package after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The recommendations were announced the day after a jury found former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty in Floyd’s death. All 18 recommendations have now been handed over to the Assembly Speaker to reference in future legislation.

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