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Last updated Jan. 20, 2020
No knock warrants
Nevada has not yet enacted a law eliminating the use of no-knock warrants.
Nevada has not yet enacted a law ending its participation in programs that facilitate the transfer of military weapons from the federal government to police departments.
Military style training
Nevada has not yet enacted a law refocusing training away from self-defense responses and towards community centered training like that offered by Blue Courage. However, AB478, passed in 2019, requires police officers to complete annual training on topics including racial profiling, mental health and de-escalation.
Nevada has not yet enacted a law requiring the recording and cataloging of SWAT team use.
Civil asset forfeiture
Nevada has not yet enacted a law ending civil asset forfeiture. In AB 420 (2019), state legislators attempted to reform the process by requiring a criminal conviction and depositing all profits in the state's Permanent School fund. The bill was vetoed in June 2019.
Nevada has not yet enacted a law ending quotas for low-level arrests.
Cost of misconduct
Nevada has not yet enacted a law requiring police departments (not state general funds) to cover the cost of misconduct.
Nevada has not yet enacted a law decriminalizing minor offenses that do not threaten public safety such as spitting and loitering. There was a bill (AB 411) proposed in 2019 by Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager that "would enable police to retain the ability to issue traffic citations and to issue and collect fines — but it would remove criminal penalties for traffic violations, get rid of nearly all chances of incarceration for traffic citations and largely forbid courts from issuing bench warrants and arresting a person for not paying traffic tickets." The bill died in committee.
Objective justification for stops
Nevada has not yet enacted a law requiring officers to establish objective justification for making a stop (i.e. not simply for furtive movement, suspicious activity, or matching a generalized description).
Reporting stop details
Nevada has not yet enacted a law requiring comprehensive reporting of police stops (noting location, race, gender, whether force was used and whether a firearm was found).
Reckless civil rights violation
Nevada has not yet enacted a law lowering the prosecution requirement from ‘willful’ to ‘reckless’ deprivation of another’s rights.
Nevada has not yet enacted a law institutionalizing an independent prosecutor within the state’s Department of Justice for instances of police misconduct.
Nevada has not yet enacted a law ending qualified immunity. In a special session in July 2020, legislators passed a bill (SB2) that would rollback provisions of legal protection for police. However, the bill did not specifically address qualified immunity.
Mental health response
Nevada residents can call 9-1-1, note that they are calling about someone with a mental illness, and request a Crisis Intervention Team be sent to their location (rather than just a police officer).
Education, Housing, Community Health Resources
It is important to note that policing does not address the roots of social disadvantage and barriers to (economic) opportunity that often lead to crime. Nor should police be burdened with that responsibility.
Without access to quality resources in healthcare, education, and housing, our cities, neighborhoods, and families will continue to suffer. We should instead reassess the budgets of the state government and reinvest in the services that matter most.
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