DENVER (CBS4) — Gov. Jared Polis signed Colorado’s comprehensive new police reform bill on Friday morning. Under the new law:

  • All law enforcement officers will be required to wear body cameras by 2023 — and for video must be made public.
  • Chokeholds are prohibited.
  • Shooting at fleeing suspects is prohibited — deadly force can only be used if someone’s life in is imminent danger.
  • Police must report every time they stop a person they suspect of a crime along, with the person’s race, gender and ethnicity, to try and find racial profiling sooner.
  • Police must report wrongdoing by fellow officers.
  • Officers can be held personally liable for damages up to $25,000 if they are found guilty of violating someone’s civil rights.

“Colorado becomes one of the first states in the country to END qualified immunity as part of this historic comprehensive police accountability bill,” the ACLU of Colorado tweeted.

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CBS4 political specialist Shaun Boyd spoke to the family of De’Von Bailey, who was shot and killed while running from police in Colorado Springs. His father says the law comes too late for his son.

Bailey’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming the officers used excessive force and engaged in racially-biased policing when they shot Bailey.

RELATED: Deadly Police Shooting: Family Of De’Von Bailey Sues Colorado Springs Police Department

Comments (7)
  1. White lives matter says:

    Goodbye Blue. Hello lawlessness

  2. Jay says:

    Who is to say an officer knows whether a officer did anything wrong. Now you will see no arrests and cops even more tight lipped to them selves. It should be easy now to rob and run in Colorado. Even more so if the officer can be sued. Crime rises big time after this in the coming years. It is better a criminal, possible rapist, danger to society escapes that getting shot or arrested. Another dumb policy on a long list for Polis.

  3. Joe Schmo says:

    What does the part mean about “shooting at fleeing suspect is prohibited”? So, if someone is on a high speed chase, can you still shoot out the tires of the car?

  4. Commentor 1 says:

    Police officers will have no incentive to arrest, investigate or follow anyone because they will be concerned with the $25,000 fee that they might face if anyone complains, especially someone of color. That will lead inevitably to criminals not being arrested and police becoming much more lax on things that they should not let pass by. How are you going to enforce the $25,000? Can you imagine stopping a car full of 4 black people? If they all complain, then you are in the hole for $25,000 x 4= $100,000. The first thing I would do as a police officer is declare bankruptcy and then you have “victims” that don’t get their money and then one less police officer on the force… great job, Polis (NOT!)

  5. Larry Gombos says:

    Making police officers personally liable for damages up to $25,000 is a beautiful concept. It should be carried a step further and make anyone who assaults a police officer personally liable for damages up to $25,000 and up up $100,000 if a deadly weapon is involved.

    1. Larry Gombos says:

      Payable to the officer of course.

      1. placeholder name says:

        Yes, because everyday Americans signed up to be victims of police brutality, while police members are forced against their will to do their jobs.

        And you obviously support the police officer having to pay the citizen $25,000 ($100,000 with a deadly weapon) if the police member is found to assault that person, correct? Fairness must go both ways, of course.

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