The U.S. House of Representatives passed a police reform bill.
The document, called the George Floyd Fair Police Act, in honor of the African American who died in Minneapolis, was voted by 236 members, most of them Democrats. 181 congressmen opposed.
The bill forbids policemen from using asphyxiation during detention. In addition, it provides for the creation of a database that tracks police officers who have been caught inappropriate behavior and changes in the tactics of law enforcement agencies. The document also restricts the issuance of home entry warrants and toughens the punishment of police officers who unjustifiably use violence against suspects.
The Washington Post writes that some points of the bill were developed long before the start of protests in the United States. However, they became relevant precisely against the backdrop of mass demonstrations.
According to the Speaker of the House, member of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi, the document will “fight systemic racism and fundamentally change the culture of the police.” She believes that this is what will ultimately save many lives.
Now the bill should receive the approval of the Senate – there the majority belongs to the Republicans. He will then be handed over to President Donald Trump, who has the right to veto the document.
June 16, it became known that the US president will sign an executive decree, whose goal will be police reform. It will aim to motivate police departments to use modern standards in the use of force. It is also planned to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement agencies and social services. Social workers will be involved in cases related to drug addicts and the homeless.
Since the end of May, mass protests have been taking place in dozens of US cities, accompanied by riots and clashes with police over the death of African-American George Floyd. In some states, they grew into riots with pogroms, robberies, shooting and arson. Protesters blame police and racist prejudices in society for the incident.