BTH: Sheriff Floyd Bonner on Police Reform Proposals
The Shelby County Commission has proposed three new ordinances designed to address recent protests over policing. Each would apply strictly to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. The first requires decertifying police officers who have used excessive force, and creating a database to keep track of those officers. The second would give the commission approval over any purchases of military surplus equipment. The last would prevent police officers from using chemical agents such as tear gas on protestors.
Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr. joins this week's WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines with host Eric Barnes and The Daily Memphian’s Bill Dries to offer his take on these proposals. He says that some of these measures are already in effect at the department.
Floyd also describes the department's stance on chokeholds and the shooting of fleeing felons.
To wrap up, Floyd talks about COVID-19 and how it is affecting Shelby County jails.