Lawmakers Pass Police Accountability Bill

Sweeping legislation that updates police pursuit laws and could speed up the release of police body camera and dashboard camera recordings is advancing the Connecticut governor's desk.

On an 86-60 vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved a bill prohibiting police from shooting into or at a fleeing vehicle, or standing in front of it. It also requires officers entering into another jurisdiction to notify the local police department.

Both things happened in an April 20 fatal shooting by a Wethersfield officer Layau Eulizier, who ran in front of a car that had stopped briefly after fleeing a traffic stop. He then fired through the windshield as the car moved toward him. The driver died two days later.

Some Republicans questioned why lawmakers were telling police how to do their jobs.

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