Floyd death sparks efforts to hold more officers accountable

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the wake of George Floyd’s death, state lawmakers around the country want to make it easier to hold police legally accountable for their actions. Elected officials have introduced proposals to take some charging decisions away from local prosecutors, eliminate officers’ wide immunity from lawsuits and make the relationship between prosecutors and police less cozy. Several states are considering putting the state attorney general’s office in charge of investigating officers accused of wrongdoing. The California Bar Association has been urged to prohibit elected prosecutors or candidates for the job from accepting donations from law enforcement unions.