- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to increase police training requirements and better track officers’ disciplinary records nearly a year after Alton Sterling was fatally shot in the state’s capital city.

Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James’ bill calls for officers to receive at least 400 hours of basic training and study de-escalation practices and how to recognize biases. James said the bill was prompted by the July death of Sterling, a black man killed during a struggle with two white Baton Rouge police officers outside a convenience store.

Monroe Rep. Katrina Jackson’s proposal requires law enforcement agencies to report instances of police misconduct to a statewide database.

The Senate gave final passage to the measures on Friday and Monday, sending them to the governor’s desk.


House Bills 277 and 481: www.legis.la.gov

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