In the US state of New York, it was proposed to fix the duty of police officers to independently pay damages for their misdemeanors and crimes at the level of law. This is reported by the New York Post.
The bill was proposed by state Senator Alessandra Biaggi. It obliges law enforcement officers to purchase special personal liability insurance. It is proposed to cover payments for civil claims for the use of excessive force by police, the use of choking techniques, and other abuses.
The purpose of the new bill is to вЂњcreate a financial barrier to misconduct and hold those responsible accountable for abhorrent behavior,вЂќ Biaggi explained. At the same time, local authorities, according to the bill, will still have to cover legal costs.
Currently, in New York, compensation is paid from the budget вЂ” that is, at the expense of taxpayers. The New York Post notes that only from July 2017 to June 2018, the state paid $230 million in almost 6,5 thousand cases of misconduct and misconduct by police officers.