Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So after the Murder of George Floyd by the hands of the Minneapolis Police department, protest broke out and the Black Lives Matter movement is now in full swing with black citizens holding politicians accountable with promises of police reform and now a new hashtag #defundthepolice is now popular, Politicians are now promising police reform.
HouseDemocrats rallied Monday around broad police reform legislation, urging President Trump and Republicans to rapidly embrace measures aimed at boosting law enforcement accountability, changing police practices and curbing racial profiling.
Democrats put forward a unified response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that has sparked nationwide protests, leading members of the party also sought to distance themselves from the growing calls from liberal activists to “defund the police” a slogan that Trump and fellow Republicans have seized upon to portray Democrats as weak on crime.
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said such decisions fall to local governments as she and members of the Congressional Black Caucus touted their bill at a morning news conference.
The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would ban chokeholds, establish a national database to track police misconduct and prohibit certain no-knock warrants, among other initiatives. Many of the proposals were crafted long ago but are garnering attention now amid the nationwide protests in response to Floyd’s death in police custody last month.
“Never again should the world be subjected to witnessing what we saw on the streets in Minneapolis: the slow murder of an individual by a uniformed police officer,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said at the outset of a Capitol Hill news conference at which she said the Democratic legislation presents “a bold, transformative vision of policing in America.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he has already had some discussions with Republicans about the legislation. He offered a “100 percent guarantee” that it would eventually pass, even if that means waiting until next year.
The House Judiciary Committee has planned a hearing Wednesday, the first on police issues since the protests broke out. The Senate Judiciary Committee has a hearing slated for June 16.
The bill would expand the Justice Department’s powers to investigate and prosecute police misconduct, which sponsors contend have been undermined by the Trump administration.
It would grant subpoena power to the department’s civil rights division to conduct “pattern and practice” investigations, looking for departmentwide evidence of bias or misconduct, and provide grants to state attorneys general to do the same.
The bill also contains several provisions that would make it easier to hold officers accountable for misconduct in civil and criminal court. One proposal long sought by civil rights advocates would change “qualified immunity,” the legal doctrine that shields officers from lawsuits, by lowering the bar for plaintiffs to sue officers for alleged civil rights violations.
The legislation also would limit the transfer of military grade equipment to state and local authorities, and make lynching a federal crime.
The legislation is sponsored by Bass, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.).