Donald Trump signs order pushing to reduce United States police violence

Donald Trump signs order pushing to reduce United States police violence

Donald Trump signs order pushing to reduce United States police violence

"Americans know the truth: without police, there is chaos, without law, there is anarchy and without safety, there is catastrophe", Trump said.

It wasn't clear ahead of the event which families had been invited.

Legislative solutions may follow the executive order, Trump hinted in a nod to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), who has been working on a sweeping police reform proposal that would codify into law some of the order's elements such as reporting and training requirements.

Another part of the order pushes for creating so-called co-respondent services, a system in which officers would pair with social workers when responding to nonviolent calls, by directing "federal funding to support officers in dealing with homeless individuals, and those who have mental illness and substance abuse problems", said Trump. Stay tuned for more details in this situation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on policing, drawing testimony from the nation's leading civil rights and law enforcement leaders.

Police would also be encouraged to use new nonlethal weapons, and share reports on officer discipline.

The move follows the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has sparked nationwide protests. President Obama set up a "21st Century Policing" task force to develop recommendations for police departments with the recommendation that "Law enforcement culture should embrace a guardian - rather than a warrior - mindset to build trust and legitimacy both within agencies and with the public".

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement: "This executive order will not deliver the comprehensive meaningful change and accountability in our nation's police departments that Americans are demanding". Tim Scott of SC, the sole African American Republican in the Senate, has been crafting the GOP legislative package, which will include new restrictions on police chokeholds and greater use of police body cameras, among other provisions. But Trump has talked more frequently about "law and order" and cracking down on looting and unrest than he has about plans to address systemic racism.

Trump's lukewarm attempts to express empathy for the fear and powerlessness that many black Americans say they feel on a daily basis when encountering police left a vacuum that his Democratic opponent Joe Biden sought to fill by calling for honest national conversations on racism - arguably the deepest, most painful subject in the country's psyche. "We grieve together and we heal together", he said.

One civil rights group said Mr Trump's action did not go far enough.

"I think the progress that the people have made in getting even the Trump White House, the Republicans, and now law enforcement along with Democrats, to take steps forward is really powerful", he continued.

It remains unclear whether the parties will be able to find common ground.

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