Police Reform Bills Get Final Passage In City Council

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A series of bills aimed at reforming the way police officer do their jobs in Pittsburgh have received final passage in City Council.

The bills create a Stop the Violence fund and takes $250,000 from the police recruitment budget to start it.

The bills ban choke holds and create a duty to intervene if an officer sees another cop using inappropriate force.

Councilman Ricky Burgess argued for a ban on the purchase of some military equipment.

“None of the equipment that we need to respond to things like Tree of Life are banned under this legislation,” said Burgess.

It passed 6-3 along with the transfer of recruitment funds.

The others passed unanimously or nearly so.

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