Police Reform Proposals Approved by Columbus City Council


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Columbus City Council has approved a series of reforms for the Police Department, and has authorized a request for another reform from voters.

Council approved changes that include limiting what the Police Department can purchase, with regard to military equipment, in an effort to "demilitarize" the police. It also boots background checks for officers and candidates to see if they have any affiliations with hate groups.

New regulations for issuing "no-knock" warrants were also part of the reform plan. That was made an issue in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky in March.

Voters will also decide on whether the city can create a citizen review board to oversee issues of police use of force. That board would have subpoena power in investigations.