Lawmaker renews call to overhaul police disciplinary law

Rep. Anastasia Williams. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state lawmaker in Rhode Island is renewing calls to overhaul the state law governing how police departments deal with officer misconduct following Tuesday’s guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis.

Democratic Rep. Anastasia Williams, a leading Black lawmaker from Providence, said in an op-ed Wednesday that her bill to amend the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights is needed to make sure the process of disciplining officers is fair and transparent.

A legislative committee heard testimony earlier this month on Williams’ bill, but it’s not clear how much support the proposal has among the state’s Democratic leadership.