Colorado Rights Blog

SB21-183: Law Enforcement Support And Accountability

Bill Number: SB21-183
Year: 2021
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: P. Lundeen


The bill permits a civil action for deprivation of rights against a peace officer to be brought against a Colorado state patrol officer or Colorado bureau of investigation agent.

The bill amends certain standards concerning use of force by a peace officer.

The bill defines intervene, for the purpose of a peace officer’s duty to intervene. Furthermore, it amends the requirements that constitute a class 1 misdemeanor for failure of the duty to intervene.

The bill requires that any suspension or revocation of a peace officer’s certification is not effective until the peace officer has exhausted all internal, contractual, and legal rights to review, challenge, and appeal the underlying finding or decision.

The bill includes agents employed by the Colorado bureau of investigation to the definition of peace officers for purposes of body-worn camera requirements.

Current Status:

Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/16/2021)
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/24/2021)

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