Virginia House revives bill to end immunity for police

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill to end qualified immunity for police officers in Virginia has been revived a day after the legislation failed to win approval from a key committee.

The bill sponsored by Del. Jeff Bourne, a Democrat from Richmond, would make it easier for people to sue police officers and collect money damages in state court for alleged violations of their civil rights.

The legislation was defeated Monday when two Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee voted with Republicans against it.

But, on Tuesday, the committee reconsidered and approved the legislation, sending it to the full House.

Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2020 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up