An Alabama committee recently passed a bill that would set up means of compensation to victims of police brutality for the people of Montgomery County, Alabama. Furthermore, the bill also establishes procedures on how to go about investigations that regard wrongdoings and misconducts by police officers. In fact, this bill was first introduced last year, just days after a white male police officer was charged for the murder of an African-American man. When the killing of 58-year-old Greg Gunn occurred, the city was filled with protests and intense media coverage.
This bill is incredibly significant due to the fact that it displays that Alabama and other states are finally coming to the realization that police brutality is a significant issue in America and that the creation of laws and bills on this subject is extremely necessary. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a group that monitors policy, ten other states as well as the city of Baltimore have developed written protocols addressing police use of force incidents.