Mississippi Gov. Signs LE Bills Boosting Benefits for Families of Fallen Officers, Expands Training Board

By Joanna Putman

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has signed four law enforcement bills that aim to provide assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty and give more power to a state board that oversees training standards. WJTV station reported.

The district attorney found that the Delta police officer acted reasonably in the case because he tried to use a stun gun and deescalate the situation before the shooting.

Russell Richardson, a 54-year-old information security officer with the Houston Police Department, was killed when his vehicle was submerged in floodwaters

St. Paul police said witnesses were unable to help the driver get out of the burning vehicle due to the continuous explosions.

The group threw several fireworks and Molotov cocktails into oncoming traffic before being stopped by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.

One new measure would allow families of deceased first responders to receive their first responder pay for up to 60 days, the report said. Another bill would increase pay for those enrolled in the Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters Death Benefits Trust Fund.

House Bill 691 would allow the state Board on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training to investigate misconduct and revoke officers’ certifications, according to the report. The bill also directs the governor to make six appointments to the board.

According to the report, Reeves emphasized that most officers appreciate the increased training opportunities.

“We certainly think that this is a real opportunity to not only provide more training, but also more accountability,” Reeves said. “Since I became governor, the state has taken over investigations of officer-involved shootings. Again, we want to make sure that all parties understand that there is an impartial source conducting these investigations.”