State Rep. Monroe Nichols of Tulsa just unveiled an initiative to increase transparency and accountability of policing practices in Oklahoma communities.
The March for Reforms Initiative proposes laws to mandate independent investigations, citizen oversight, and critical incident accountability. The solutions include the creation of the Office of Independent Monitor within the State Attorney General’s Office, and the creations of the Oklahoma State Law Enforcement Standards and Training Taskforce.
“My father was a police officer, my uncle is a current police officer,” Nichols said. “I hope that these reforms will instead serve as a check on the profession, just like we have checks and balances at the Capitol. These are critical steps that I believe will enhance officer and citizen safety.”
Nichols said the measures are an attempt to turn the energy from nationwide protests into something productive at the Capitol.