Providence Passes Sweeping Police Reform

Legislation, Police

Earlier this Spring, I posted about Providence’s visionary Community Safety Act, which included a broad set of police reform measures. As of last Thursday, it passed 13-1 in the Providence City Council! Now called the Community-Police Relations Act, the law enables people to see if they are listed in a gang database, codifies the right to observe/record police activity, and requires police to establish reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before using targeted electronic surveillance. Police may not inquire about immigration status, and are barred from profiling based on race, religion, and gender characteristics. The Fraternal Order of Police has stood against this act, which was drawn together from a widespread coalition of community groups. This law now sets a national precedent for protecting civil and digital rights.

Source: EFF

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