(April 22) – The final component of a package of bills to restore trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve began its trip through the House this afternoon.

The Local Government Committee voted 11-0 to approve SB15-217, sponsored in the House by Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver. The bill requires that after an officer-involved shooting, the officer’s agency must provide the state with demographic information on the officer and the individual shot and the search, citation and arrest information related to the incident.

“It’s unfortunate that this kind of data is not already being collected and analyzed on a formal, statewide basis,” Rep. Williams said. “Data collection allows us to search for trends that may show patterns of bias.”

Earlier, the full House gave bipartisan final passage to HB15-1290, which clarifies that members of the public have a right to record police actions. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, and Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, spells out the ways in which police officers are prohibited from interfering with a citizen’s right to record police activity, seizing such recordings or retaliating against citizens who exercise this right. Citizens are required to stay out of the way of officers performing their duties.

“You have the right to record any officer-involved incident, as long as you are doing it lawfully,” Rep. Esgar told the chamber during second-reading debate on Tuesday.

Today’s House vote was 47-16.

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