Sen. Ananich on Senate passage of bill to set new standards for police training

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 945, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), to require standards be set for law enforcement training in de-escalation techniques, implicit bias and mental health screening:

“The horrifying pattern of police brutality against Black and Brown people must end. Period. Dismantling the systemic racism that has led to the mistreatment and deaths of Black and Brown Americans will not be a quick fix, but we are committed to seeing this through. Meaningful change will require more legislation like Sen. Irwin’s, more compassion for our neighbors, more difficult conversations, and many, many more listening ears.”

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