Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a police reform bill into law Friday, banning police officers’ use of chokeholds. Additionally, the bill allows the Iowa Attorney General to investigate and prosecute officers for unlawful conduct, requires officers to have bias training and prohibits officers with previous misconduct charges from joining the force.
Reynolds praised the Iowa Legislature for its unanimous, bipartisan action on the police reform bill:
In Iowa, we know how to sit down at the table, listen to each other and work together to move forward. Over the past several days, leaders of the Iowa legislature came together with shared goals and a commitment for action. This was truly a bipartisan effort with all of us working side by side. I want to thank Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, Rep. Ras Smith, Majority Leader Jack Whitver, Minority Leader Janet Peterson, Speaker Pat Grassley, and Minority Leader Todd Pritchard for working together to bring meaningful change. These problems didn’t arise overnight and they won’t be fixed in a day. We are just getting started, but our work together shows Iowa is willing to have the tough conversations and to look past our differences to find common ground and a brighter future for all Iowans.
Iowa passed its police reform bill following the nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd. Cities such as Louisville and Washington, DC, have already passed police reforms, and many states are continuing to propose and pass further reforms.