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Bill to create police misconduct panel advances in N.H. House

N.H. House members on Feb. 17, 2022
Dan Tuohy
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NHPR

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has given preliminary approval to creating an independent panel to receive complaints about police misconduct statewide.

The House voted to advance a bill that would implement a key recommendation of the law enforcement accountability commission Republican Gov. Chris Sununu created in 2020 after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Supporters say past complaints have been handled at the local level with no consistency.

Under the bill that now heads to the Finance Committee, the new panel would review all investigations and decide whether a hearing before the state Police Standards and Training Council is warranted.

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