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Moving Justice Forward For 60 Years!

Now is the time for bold reform

Through numerous conversations and work sessions with our allies, including Black Lives Matter Utah, Utah Against Police Brutality, Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Libertas Institute, and Americans for Prosperity, the ACLU of Utah has developed the following eight priority reforms for policing in Utah. 

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1) Create Effective Civilian Review Boards

-Repeal H.B.415, which limits the independence and authority of civilian review boards across the state and overrides local control;

-Support legislation that allows the creation of Civilian Review Boards with meaningful review powers

2) Improve Use of Force Policies

-Prohibit knee-on-neck holds, chokeholds, and use of deadly force for non-violent offenses and encounters such as fleeing from police;

-Prohibit law enforcement agencies from acquiring and using military-grade vehicles and equipment during protests and marches;

-Prohibit the use of CS or tear gas during protests and marches;

-Reinvest public safety budgets to make de-escalation training more common and more frequent;

3) End Qualified Immunity as a Defense Against Civil Rights Violations by Police

-Pass legislation to reform qualified immunity for Utah law enforcement, which currently requires a "flagrant" constitutional violation to allow civil rights complaints to proceed;

4) Standardize Body Camera Use and Body Camera Policies

-Statewide protocol that body camera footage from Officer-Involved Critical Incidents (OICI) be released within 10 business days of the incident after public records request—modeled after the existing Salt Lake City agreement enacted in 2017;

-Reinvest public safety budgets to require all police departments to provide body cameras to officers interacting with the public;

-Standardize body camera use policies for all police departments;

5) Require Law Enforcement Data Collection on Race and Ethnicity

-Identify sources and patterns of  racial bias by requiring data collection of race and ethnicity for all law enforcement interactions, expanding on the scope and purpose of the 2020 legislation, H.B 288  (Prosecutor Data Collection Amendments);

6) Stop the Revolving Door that Keeps Problematic Officers in Uniform

-Pass legislation to enable state-level unlawful use of force claims 

-When an officer is fired for misconduct by an agency it triggers automatic POST decertification to prevent rapid re-hiring by another police agency;

-Require agencies to file reports with central POST database to create accessible records for officers who resign before being fired;

-Block immediate supervisors from reviewing use-of-force and misconduct complaints;

7) Eliminate No Knock and Quick Knock Warrants

-Further limit conditions that allow no-knock and quick-knock warrants, building on 2015’s S.B. 82 (Forcible Entry Amendments);

8) Remove Police from Schools

-Pass legislation to shift funding away from School Resource Officers (SRO) to increase the number of counselors and social workers in Utah schools;

-Require certification and implicit bias training for all SROs;


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