Governor Signs Bill Detailing Responsibilities of Law Enforcement Officers

On Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed Bill No. 34 which detailed the responsibilities of law enforcement officers while interacting with the public.  

The Bill stated that:

  • No later than January 1, 2022, any law enforcement agency that utilizes body-worn cameras shall adopt a policy regarding the activation and deactivation of such cameras by the officer.
  • No later than January 1, 2022, any law enforcement motor vehicle that is equipped with a dash camera that has the technology to automatically record upon the activation of the motor vehicle’s police emergency lights shall utilize that technology.
  • The use of choke holds and carotid holds are prohibited, except when the officer reasonably believes he or another person is at risk of great bodily harm or when deadly force is authorized.
  • No law enforcement officer shall seek, execute, or participate in the execution of a no-knock warrant, except in certain cases.

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