DeSantis removes civilian review boards jurisdiction over police complaints

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has signed a bill that removed civilian review boards from overseeing complaints against law enforcement.

HB 601 will affect 21 jurisdictions in Florida where civilians are currently in charge of investigations into local police officers when a complaint is filed against them. Instead, review boards such as these will require that Sheriffs and Police Chiefs instate fellow law enforcement to look into these complaints.

“It really puts the kibosh on these extra judicial investigations against law enforcement,” DeSantis said of the new law on Friday. “We view that as very much a political weapon. We don’t think that that will contribute to public safety at all. In fact, we think that that would hurt public safety, and so this bill really stops that from happening.”

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