Daily Times (Primos, PA)

New Mexico eliminates police immunity from prosecutio­n

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SANTA FE, N.M. » New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed civil rights reforms Wednesday that eliminate police immunity from prosecutio­n in state courts in response to protests and concerns about police brutality that have swept the nation.

Lujan Grisham signed the Democratic-sponsored bill amid the trial of ex-Minneapoli­s police Officer Derek Chauvin on murder charges in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd. Video of Floyd, losing consciousn­ess while pinned to the pavement by police officers, triggered a national reckoning over racism and police brutality.

¨This is not an anti-police bill,” Lujan Grisham said in a news release. “This bill does not endanger any first responder or public servant — so long as they conduct themselves profession­ally within the bounds of our Constituti­on and with a deep and active respect for the sacred rights it guarantees all of us.”

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