BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would expand the reasons a law enforcement officer’s POST certification can be revoked to include those who have violated individuals’ civil rights or used excessive force.
Senate Bill 182 by Senator Cleo Fields expands the meaning of malfeasance in office to include intentional deprivation of constitutional rights and provides for revocation of POST certification in cases where officers are found to deprive individuals of their constitutional rights or when officers have been terminated for unauthorized use of force.
“While I believe the overwhelming majority of our law enforcement officers are professionals and excellent public servants who work hard every day to protect and serve, it is imperative that we do more to hold the few officers who violate the public’s trust accountable,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement earlier this week in support of the bill.
“Officers who have been terminated for unauthorized use of force do not meet the professional standards for law enforcement officers and should not retain POST certification. I am appreciative of Senator Fields for bringing this legislation and for working to bring additional accountability to law enforcement in Louisiana.”
SB 182 passed in the Senate with a vote of 38-0 on Thursday. It will be sent to the House for a vote and with the governor expressing support, a veto is not expected.