Police reform task force out with new recommendations
Connecticut recently passed a sweeping and controversial police reform law, but now a task force is recommending even more changes.
When George Floyd was killed, it hit home for Daryl McGraw.
"I was on the ground. I know what that feels like to think that today might be my last day," said Police Accountability Task Force Chair Daryl McGraw.
The Connecticut Police Transparency and Accountability Task Force is comprised of police, civil rights groups, disability advocates and policy experts. This week, they issued almost two dozen recommendations, like using social workers for some calls, diverting some 911 calls to 211, a universal system to file complaints against officers and even letting citizens interview police hires.
"Ultimately, these individuals are serving the public and it would be important for police administrators to be guided by what the public thinks about these individuals," said Ken Barone, of UCONN Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy.
But what do police think about all of these changes?
Hundreds of officers protested the 2020 police reform law.
"It's a good conversation to have. It's a good start to have," said Sacred Heart University Public Safety Director Gary MacNamara.
Longtime Police Chief Gary MacNamara hopes police will keep an open mind, but he is worried about one idea.
Police could no longer pull you over just for things like window tinting or having a single headlight out.
"While it might be OK not to stop a car with one headlight because we don't want them to do that, if a pedestrian gets hit as a result of that, then I think there might be some issues with it," said MacNamara.
McGraw says too many police shootings start with minor traffic stops.
"We want everyone to go home safe. You know everyone should go home safe," said McGraw.
The recommendations will now be forwarded onto state lawmakers, who return to Hartford on Feb. 9.
News 12 is doing a deep dive on this report this weekend on Power & Politics.