State Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-21, released the following statement in response to the state Senate’s passage of House Bill 6004 An Act Concerning Police Accountability Thursday. Kelly voted in opposition to the bill.
The intent of this bill was as much about police accountability as it was about social justice. We are all working to better our state, to determine how to make it safer for all people, and how to deliver on America’s promises for freedom and justice for all people. However, I believe the final language of the bill did not go far enough to achieve the goals it set out to reach. We need legislation that makes it easier to hold bad actors accountable when they do something unacceptable and damage the public’s trust in all officers. We must make it easier for police departments to fire bad officers and recruit people who want to serve and protect. But this bill falls short and doesn’t achieve those goals we all share. Instead, this bill will have a chilling effect on recruitment efforts at the worst time possible. The results will damage public safety, add more burdens onto our towns and cities and hurt Connecticut’s poorest communities the most.