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Arizona advances bills limiting civilian oversight of cops

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Apr 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-30 17:16:24-04

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers are moving to limit the role of civilians in reviewing police misconduct.

The Senate on Wednesday approved several measures backed by police unions in the wake of a national reckoning over racial injustice.

Senate Republicans approved a bill requiring that sworn officers control at least two-thirds of the seats on police review boards.

The Senate also backed a measure requiring 80 hours of law enforcement training for civilians on review boards.

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Republicans say officers should be evaluated by peers who know the challenges of the job.

Civil rights advocates say the measures are a step back from the growing trend of having civilians oversee police discipline to ensure public accountability.