DeSantis Signs Bill Banning Civilian Review Boards For Police

Puddin’ Fingers DeSantis signed a bill Friday stripping civilian oversight boards of their power to investigate police misconduct. Maybe he still has delusions of higher office? Via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

The bill, HB 601, instead allows local chiefs of police agencies to create their own “civilian oversight” boards composed of three to seven members, all appointed by the chief or sheriff. But these boards can only review policies and procedures, not oversee use-of-force complaints or internal affairs investigations.

The new legislation “puts the kibosh on these extrajudicial investigations against law enforcement,” DeSantis said at a news conference at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, describing the boards as “stacked with activists.”

The law does not allow members of the boards to be appointed by local governments.

“You have review boards, that’s fine, but it’s got to be done in ways where you have the Sheriff or Chief of Police appointing people,” the governor said. “It can’t be people that have an agenda.”

Like the truth? Because that would be wrong! And of course the chiefs of police wouldn’t have an agenda!

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