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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – With one sponsor calling the bill a “good first step,” Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure that includes addressing use-of-force training requirements for law enforcement officers.

The House and Senate unanimously passed the bill in April, after scrutiny of policing nationwide following the May 2020 death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

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The bill, in part, seeks to strengthen background checks of people applying for law-enforcement jobs. It will require applicants to disclose whether they are the subjects of pending investigations or have left criminal-justice jobs while under investigation.

The bill also seeks to bolster training and policies related to use-of-force incidents, such as limiting officers’ use of chokeholds “to circumstances where the officer perceives an immediate threat of serious bodily injury or death to himself, herself, or another person.”

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Officers also will be instructed on a “duty to intervene in another officer’s excessive use of force” and a “duty to render medical assistance following use of force.”

Sen. Randolph Bracy, who helped sponsor the bill, issued a statement saying the legislation “offers pragmatic solutions to create meaningful change in police departments statewide. It is a good first step towards ensuring transparency and accountability in policing.”

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