US House passes ‘Ge­orge Floyd’ po­lice re­form bill

Iran Daily - - Internatio­nal -

The US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed a sweep­ing po­lice re­form bill that cur­rently has lit­tle prospect of be­com­ing law amid par­ti­san grid­lock.

The Demo­cratic-con­trolled cham­ber voted 236-181 for the mea­sure mainly along party lines on Thurs­day night, BBC re­ported.

The leg­is­la­tion is named af­ter Ge­orge Floyd, the un­armed black man whose death in po­lice cus­tody last month ig­nited world­wide protests.

But US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has threat­ened to veto the mea­sure.

And his fel­low Repub­li­cans in the Se­nate are propos­ing their own, less far-reach­ing bill.

The Ge­orge Floyd Jus­tice in Polic­ing Act was passed ex­actly a month af­ter the Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota, man’s death – at warp speed for a usu­ally de­lib­er­a­tive and pon­der­ous leg­isla­tive body.

The Demo­cratic bill would hold po­lice of­fi­cers per­son­ally li­able for dam­ages in law­suits, ban no-knock war­rants of­ten used by po­lice in drug raids, and halt the flow of mil­i­tary sur­plus equip­ment to po­lice de­part­ments. Three Repub­li­cans crossed party lines to vote in fa­vor. But Se­nate Repub­li­cans have re­fused to take up the House ver­sion, ar­gu­ing it is an over­reach that would un­der­mine law en­force­ment.

Both the Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic pro­pos­als would cur­tail po­lice choke­holds, in­tro­duce new train­ing pro­ce­dures, seek to ex­pand the use of body cam­eras and cre­ate a na­tional registry for of­fi­cers ac­cused of mis­con­duct.

How­ever, Democrats say the Repub­li­can bill will not pro­tect black Amer­i­cans, ar­gu­ing that it re­lies on data col­lec­tion and fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for state and lo­cal po­lice de­part­ments to adopt re­forms on their own.

On Wed­nes­day, Se­nate Democrats de­nied Repub­li­cans the votes needed to open floor de­bate on their leg­is­la­tion.

Nei­ther bill would de­fund the po­lice, and di­vert that spend­ing to other com­mu­nity ser­vices, as called for by Black Lives Mat­ter ac­tivists.


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