40 New State Laws Sparked by Michael Brown’s Death in Ferguson

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People protest in Times Square in New York City Nov. 25, 2014, over the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case.
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People protest in Times Square in New York City Nov. 25, 2014, over the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case.
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Who said protesting is ineffective? Since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Mo., was shot and killed Aug. 9, 2014, by white then-Officer Darren Wilson, lawmakers in nearly every state have proposed changes to the way police deal with the public, according to the Associated Press.

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An analysis by AP shows that 24 states have put at least 40 new laws on the books to tackle police violence, including the use of officer body cameras, racial-bias training, independent investigations and limits on surplus military equipment for police departments.

Still, little has been done to change laws pertaining to when police are justified in using deadly force, even as more incidents continue to occur, the report says. While praising the changes, civil rights leaders said more work needs to be done to solve racial tensions and economic disparities that have driven protests in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere after episodes in which people died in police custody or shootings.

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Read more at the Associated Press.

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