ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis-area senator has created a new bill that addresses police body cameras, tear gassing and when deadly force is appropriate.
Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal created a bill in response to protests in Ferguson. Chappelle-Nadal says she is working to change the books on a number of topics, including when police could use deadly force.
The senator’s bill states police could only use deadly force only when the suspect shows a clear danger to an officer or community.
The senator says she watched people get tear gassed and witnessed some police brutality while in Ferguson. Chappelle-Nadal is calling for more oversight when it comes to police using tear gas.
Another core component of the bill requires all police to wear body cameras.
Also in her legislation, police departments would be accredited by the commission on accreditation for police agencies. Chappelle-Nadal says she wants that legislation active by July 2016, or the departments would lose opportunities for state money.
Chappelle-Nadal’s bill will be presented to the senate Wednesday morning.