US Congressional Democrats unveil police reform bill in wake of Floyd's death

US Congressional Democrats unveil police reform bill in wake of Floyd's death

US Congressional Democrats unveil police reform bill in wake of Floyd's death

A long-sought federal anti-lynching bill that has stalled in Congress is included in the package.

Lawmakers said there would be several amendments to the Senate's version, which garnered near unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans. He died after now-fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, as three other officers didn't intervene.

"We can not allow for this systemic racism and brutality to continue - we must act", said Senator Gillibrand.

Police reform measures have been implemented or are in the process of being adopted in New York, Minnesota, California and Washington, DC. Bass said on Monday.

Karen Bass (D-CA), the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said protests in response to Floyd's death may usher in a new era. But the former vice president cited Mr Trump's opposition to mail-in voting and said Democrats would have lawyers present at voting locations across the country to look out for Republican efforts to suppress the vote.

The proposed law will ban certain policing tactics, require that federal police officers wear body and dashboard cameras, and set restrictions on the transfer of military-grade weaponry to state and local law enforcement.

Floyd, an African-American man, was choked to death by a Minneapolis police officer after a convenience store reported Floyd for paying for a purchase with a potentially counterfeit $20 bill.

Republicans stressed "there was a big difference between peaceful protests and rioting", said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and condemned Democrats for failing to denounce calls to defund the police, calling such proposals "pure insanity".

Pelosi said she hopes that when the House passes the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "must swiftly take it up", and that President Donald Trump "must not stand in the way of justice". "And I think for the "law and order" message the president is spewing out of there, there's nothing new about that message, and I do not believe it will be successful".

But Democrats said that "defund the police" is nothing more than shorthand for a call to invest more money in social programs to help communities, such as housing, jobs and education, rather only for increasing law enforcement. "I think their bill has a tendency to be seen as perhaps a nationalization of some of the underlying issues or techniques".

As Floyd's funeral was held in Houston on Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struck a new tone and acknowledged that nearly all Senate Republicans, unlike Democrats, are white.

"What in God's name was that about other than trying to let the word out that he's going to do all that he can to make it very hard for people to vote". Leader McConnell was asked about it. Senate lawmakers are scheduled to be back in their home states for two weeks in July and then for nearly the entire month of August and the beginning of September. "A divided nation can not wait for healing, for solutions". "With this legislation, Democrats are heeding their calls". "Full stop", journalist Ben Geier wrote.

The hearing will "examine the crisis of racial profiling, police brutality and lost trust between police departments and the communities they serve", the panel said in their notice announcing the hearing. Sure. But this isn't it. They do, however, make available grant money for states to reimagine ways of policing.

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