Police shouldn’t fear the new civil rights bill

February 17, 2021 | Arthur Rizer

The New Mexico Legislature is debating a civil rights bill that would expand the remedies available to people whose rights are violated by police officers. Police unions, sheriffs and local governments are signaling opposition. But as a former police officer who now studies policing and crime, I think that opposition is misguided. House Bill 4
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Virginia police should not fear more accountability

February 8, 2021 | Arthur Rizer

The Virginia General Assembly passed a slew of criminal justice reforms last year addressing policing, sentencing and parole. This session, a fight from the 2020 special session is reemerging over proposals to allow victims of police misconduct to sue for civil damages. Police unions and sheriffs are signaling opposition. But as a former police officer who now
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