Amid Reform Movement, Some GOP States Give Police More Power

States where lawmakers pushed back against the police-reform movement included Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wyoming, according to an Associated Press review of legislation.

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FILE - In this June 3, 2020, file photo, protesters rally in Phoenix, demanding the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police Department, following the death of George Floyd. Some Republican-controlled states have responded to persistent calls for police reform by moving in the other direction. An Associated Press review of legislation found that states where lawmakers pushed back against the police-reform movement included Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wyoming. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of protests over police brutality, some Republican-controlled states have ignored or blocked police-reform proposals, moving instead in the other direction by granting greater powers to officers, making it harder to discipline them and expanding their authority to crack down on demonstrations. The sponsors of the GOP measures acted in the wake of the nationwide protests that followed George Floyd’s death, and they cited the disturbances and destruction that…

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