Law enforcement officers could not use chokeholds or receive paid warrior-style training, and they’d have to intervene if another officer uses excessive force — among major provisions in a police reform bill the Minnesota Legislature passed this morning (Tues) before adjourning its special session. Saint Paul Democrat Carlos Mariani said it’s not the bill he wanted, however…

“Let’s begin that process of healing Minnesota and observe the human rights and the human dignity that every Minnesotan possesses.”

Other measures in the bill: arbitration is handled differently if an officer appeals disciplinary action or termination… police departments cannot require officers live in the community, but can give them incentives… and there’s additional training for officers in mental health and autism crisis intervention.

Saint Paul Democrat Rena Moran :

“This is a good bill… and it is a beginning — it’s not a(n) end.”

Democratic Senator Patricia Torres Ray from Minneapolis voted “no” because she says the bill is not good enough:

“I cannot go back to my community,… to the families, to the relatives, to the mothers of all the black men that have died in the hands of the police and tell them that this bill actually responds… to their calls for justice.”

More community members on the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board…. and a new Police-Community Relations Advisory Council — among provisions in a police reform bill the legislature passed early this morning (Tues) before ending its special session. But Cambridge Republican Brian Johnson says there are no guarantees that Greater Minnesota residents will be on those panels:

“The police department in Roseau, Minnesota, or the police department in Baudette, or that one-man department in Solway Township in Saint Louis County, they’re gonna have to do things the metro way — which doesn’t work in Greater Minnesota.”