Tensions flare as Virginia lawmakers debate police reforms

Tensions flare as Virginia lawmakers debate police reforms
Virginia Capitol. (Source: Conor Lobb/Capital News Service)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Tensions flared as Virginia lawmakers took up a series of reforms that Republicans denounced as anti-police and Democrats insisted are long overdue.

The House of Delegates advanced more than a half dozen police reform bills Thursday.

They included legislation to prohibit the use of chokeholds and no-knock search warrants, and to make it easier to decertify police officers for misconduct.

But before the debate on those bills even started, Republicans clashed with Democrats over whether the proposals are unfair to police.

The special legislative session was called to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the police reform proposals.

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