Lucido introduces law enforcement reform legislation

LANSING, Mich. — Saying more needs to be done to improve the relationship between law enforcement and Michigan communities at this critical time in the nation’s history, Sen. Peter J. Lucido on Wednesday announced bills to reform some police practices.

Lucido’s measures would ban chokeholds and end the controversial use of no-knock warrants, and he is preparing to introduce a third bill to require officers to intervene when witnessing misconduct on behalf of a fellow officer.

“Our country is at a tipping point,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Something must be done to improve the relationship between those who protect and those they serve. It starts with reforming how our law enforcement community is trained and eliminating controversial tactics used to subdue and apprehend individuals. Further, we need to foster an environment where officers feel compelled to self-police and self-correct while on the job.”

Senate Bill 968, the Police Restraint Tactics Act, was introduced June 11 to prohibit a Michigan law enforcement officer from applying pressure to the throat or windpipe of an individual.

Senate Bill 1016, introduced Wednesday, would eliminate the use of so-called “no-knock warrants,” which allow law enforcement to enter a premises — often in the middle of the night while a person of interest is asleep — without announcing their presence or entry.

A third bill, which is currently being prepared for introduction, would require any law enforcement officer to verbally or, if necessary, physically intervene when witnessing misconduct by a fellow officer or risk disciplinary action if they do not.

“Change started in the streets,” Lucido said. “It’s time to bring it to the Capitol.”