Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Monday, June 8, released a bill on major police reform amid protests that erupted across the country over the death of an African American in custody.
The document includes a ban on police strangulation and the allocation of funds for independent investigations in the event of misconduct. Law enforcers will be allowed to use force only in extreme cases. At the same time, local police departments will be obliged to report on the use of force to the U.S. Department of Justice, and a federal register of complaints about law enforcement misconduct will be created. Police officers will be required to carry cameras that are also equipped with service vehicles.
In addition, the document will prohibit in some cases the issuance of a warrant allowing police officers to break into the house without warning.
“The painful death of George Floyd has caused Americans to experience the national pain of grief for African Americans who died as a result of police brutality. This grief grew into <...> protests demanding an end to injustice. Today <...> Congress is on the side of those who fight for justice and change,” NBC News quotes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has previously called for police reform. He promised to establish a commission to oversee the work of the police if he wins the upcoming presidential election. He also proposed the establishment of a single standard for the permissible use of force by law enforcement officials.
Former US President Barack Obama also called for reform. He reminded that the work of law enforcers is influenced by local authorities, which are appointed as a result of elections, but the turnout at local elections is negligible. In this regard, Obama called for specific demands for reforms and to express his opinion at the elections.