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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signs sweeping police reform bill

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

FILE- In this July 22, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont speaks at a news conference at Pfizer Groton in Groton, Conn. On Friday, July 24, 2020, Lamont signed an executive order that will provide front-line workers ???presumptive eligibility??? for compensation benefits if they contracted the coronavirus while on the job during the early days of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

The law institutes a new statewide watchdog for police misconduct.

(CNN)Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed comprehensive police accountability legislation into law Friday afternoon.

The law institutes a new statewide watchdog for police misconduct, bans "chokeholds" in most instances and puts limits on the ability of police departments to withhold officers' disciplinary records.

The law requires all departments statewide to equip officers with body-worn cameras and places limits on the military equipment Connecticut police departments can acquire or use.

The law is the latest state-level effort to reform American policing since George Floyd died in the custody of Minneapolis police in May. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill in June that mandates police officers wear body cameras and banned chokeholds.

The Connecticut law creates an independent Office of the Inspector General at the state level to investigate all uses of deadly force by police in the state, or all instances of death in police custody.

It also allows the state's police accreditation body to revoke a law enforcement officer's credentials if they have been found to have used excessive force.

To that end, the law bans neck restraints, or "chokeholds," unless a law enforcement officer "reasonably believes" such a hold to be necessary to defend from "the use or imminent use of deadly physical force. "

The law requires officers who witness other officers using excessive force or banned holds to intervene.

Under the law signed Friday, Connecticut police officers can be subject to civil suit and can only claim immunity if the officer "had an objectively good faith belief that such officer's conduct did not violate the law. "

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