AN ACT TO PROHIBIT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM USING CHEMICAL AGENTS ON MINORS.
Amends GS 15A-401(d), which governs use of force during arrest, to explicitly prohibit law enforcement officers from using chemical agents, defined by a nonexhaustive list that includes oleoresin, capsicum, pepper spray, and teat gas, on a person that the officer knows or should know is under 18. Directs all State agencies, local departments, offices, campus police agencies and company police agencies employing sworn law enforcement officers with the power to arrest to develop a mandatory policy that incorporates this restriction. Requires these policies to be made available to the public by issuance of a news release that is published on the department, office, or agency's website. Makes conforming changes.
Enacts the following statutes providing substantively identical language that prohibits the specified type of officer from using chemical agents (defined in the same manner as GS 15A-401(d), as amended) on a person the officer knows or should know is under 18, and directs the specified agency to develop a mandatory policy that incorporates the restriction which must be made publicly available by issuance of a news release that is published on the specified agency's website:
Effective October 1, 2021.
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