ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – From the streets in Central Florida last summer to the House Floor in Tallahassee this spring, calls for police reform in Florida are leading to some change at the state level.
Right now, the bill known as the Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers Best Practices Act (HB 7051) is making its way through the state capitol. It’s a result of 18 police reform bills filed this legislative session, many compiled into a comprehensive package setting standards at police departments across the state of Florida.
“We took all those ideas and those sparked conversations that led to this bi-partisan product,” said Republican State Representative Cord Byrd.
Some key points in the bill include:
- Prohibiting an officer who has been fired or under investigation for use of force to get hired at another agency
- Requiring law enforcement agencies to collect data to track and report use of force incidents
- Limiting the use of “chokeholds”
- Prohibiting officers from arresting children under the age of 7
The bill including the section to not arrest or charge children under the age of 7 comes from a 2019 case out of Orlando after Kaia Rolle, at just 6-years-old, was arrested with zip ties by a school resource officer. It’s something Democratic State Senator Randolph Bracy has been fighting for, pushing for the “Kaia Rolle Act.”