The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would ban chokeholds and plenty of no-knock warrants, require physique and dashboard cameras, and restrict transfers of navy gear to police departments. Moreover it will mandate coaching and create regulation enforcement accreditation requirements. These adjustments can be given tooth by knowledge assortment, together with “on investigatory actions and detentions by federal regulation enforcement companies; the racial distribution of drug fees; the usage of lethal drive by and towards regulation enforcement officers; in addition to visitors and pedestrian stops and detentions.” The invoice would then strengthen investigations each on the Justice Division and in state attorneys common places of work.
Maybe most significantly—and a significant sticking level with Republicans—the invoice would make it simpler to prosecute police for abuses and end qualified immunity, which protects abusive officers even from civil fits.
In remarks following the Chauvin verdict, Vice President Kamala Harris, too, focused on the importance of the legislation, which she joined with Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Karen Bass in introducing in Congress final yr, earlier than her election as the primary Black and lady vp. ”This work is lengthy overdue,” Harris mentioned. “America has a protracted historical past of systemic racism. Black People—and Black males, particularly—have been handled, all through the course of our historical past, as lower than human.”
”So now now we have to deal with reworking policing in the USA since George Floyd’s homicide of a yr in the past—over 100 individuals have died by the hands of police,” Bass said. “As a matter of reality, because the trial began on March 29, 63 individuals have died by the hands of police. In my view, that is (a) human rights problem in the USA of America.”
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has handed the Home, however as standard, it faces a Republican filibuster within the Senate. Sen. Tim Scott, the one Black Republican within the Senate, has put forward his personal invoice, nevertheless it’s considerably weaker—particularly, Scott opposes ending certified immunity. And whereas different Republicans will use the existence of Scott’s invoice as a cudgel towards Democrats, there’s no actual motive to consider they might help something however probably the most toothless and presumably counterproductive measures.