US President Donald Trump today, June 16, will sign a decree on police reform, which was prepared in connection with the murder of African American George Floyd and the riots that followed.
According to TASS, citing the White House, the new decree will oblige police departments to adopt stricter rules for the use of force by police. In addition, the document gives priority to the allocation of federal grants for the training of law enforcement officials in order to encourage police to use the practice of peaceful resolution of conflicts, “stimulates the application of best practices.”
At the same time, the decree will lead to an improvement in the exchange of information between government agencies, and will help not to hire people to the police without a full check of their past.
This decree contrasts with previous orders of the American leader, who gave freedom of action and armed police. So, in 2017, he gave the police additional powers in the fight against crime and restored access to them, in particular, to armored vehicles and grenade launchers.
Recall that African-American George Floyd died after a policeman (now former) Derek Chauvin pressed him with a knee on his neck for 9 minutes. Chauvin faces up to 40 years for murder. The death of Floyd led to riots and pogroms throughout the United States, and then protests against racism spread to Europe.