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Local police discuss latest amendments to Missouri police reform bill

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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -- A Missouri police reform bill, combined Senate Bill 53 & 60, is on its way back to the Senate after passing the House with several new amendments.

Those amendments include one that would protect juveniles from being tried as adults and another that would make it easier to remove criminal records of people who were wrongly charged.

Local police said blanketly never charging juveniles as an adult could be an issue however.

"I think that should remain as a case by case basis, depending on the record of the juvenile and the extent and seriousness of the crime that was committed," said Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue.

Bogue said while banning chokeholds as an offensive tactic makes sense, he said officers being able to defend themselves is important.

Democratic Senator Brian Williams of the 14th district, sponsored Senate Bill 60 that aims to create more accountability for police, limit the use of chemicals, and ban the use of chokeholds.

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Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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