Gov. Ricketts talks police reform at Thursday press briefing
Governor Pete Ricketts didn't shy away from calling out democrats, referencing LB 791 as he was asked about police reform Thursday afternoon.
Governor Pete Ricketts didn’t shy away from calling out democrats, referencing LB 791 as he was asked about police reform Thursday afternoon.
“That was gonna bring greater accountability to law enforcement and I’m going to be quite frank here folks,” says Ricketts. “It was the democrats who watered this down, go look at the voting record. Go look at the legislative record here.”
Ricketts was asked if any changes would come to police reform after hearing people at listening sessions and the rallies in Lincoln. He says the bill 2 years ago, was supposed to allow the crime commission to be able to investigate any law enforcement agency. But he says the bill that passed only included the Nebraska State Patrol.
“Also part of that bill was, we ended the ability of cops who had gotten fired, who had bad records at one jurisdiction, to be able to jump to another jurisdiction,” adds Ricketts. “So we ended the ability of that because we were tracking that. So there were a number of other reforms of that bill in regards to holding law enforcement accountable.”
This time around, Ricketts says he hopes there will be support from both sides of the aisle. He says it’s important not to let others pin different agendas on George Floyd’s death.
“George Floyd was killed right there on a cell phone camera, we can’t let other people with political agendas tie their stuff in,” sai so people have talked about as part of this legalizing marijuana that has nothing to do with police enforcement, that’s not a law enforcement issue, that’s is a separate political agenda.”
At the end of the meeting, Ricketts says he is open to looking at the bill again to add more reforms to keep law enforcement accountable.