Missouri lawmakers propose bills for police to wear cameras

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Democratic Missouri lawmakers who represent Ferguson are proposing that police wear cameras and undergo diversity training.

State Rep. Sharon Pace and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal proposed bills Monday after a week of sometimes violent protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old.

Both lawmakers want police to wear video cameras to record interactions with the public.

Chappelle-Nadal protested in Ferguson after the shooting. An early draft of her bill would ban police from verbally abusing protesters, require a special prosecutor to investigate police shootings and restrict the use of tear gas.

Pace wants required diversity and peaceful protest training for police, as well as psychological evaluations for officers every three years.

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