DCR Law & Legislation: Congress Pass a Police Reform legislation in wake of an police murders on Black People.☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves House of Representatives and some police reform legislations.

On Thursday House of Representatives passed an expansive Democratic led measure that would revamp law enforcement practices following the public clamor for change after the death of George Floyd.

According to The Washington Post; The vote of 236 to 181 epitomized the polarized debate in recent weeks, despite public polling showing broad support for some restrictions on law enforcement after the high profile deaths of Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of police.

Trump administration is threatening a veto, with most House Republicans lined up against the Democratic proposal and instead indicated support for a narrower proposal offered by Senate Republicans. Only three Republicans Reps. Will Hurd (R- TX.), the lone black GOP House member; Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) broke ranks and joined Democrats in backing the House bill.

The House bill is named for Floyd, a 46 year old black man whose killing in Minneapolis police custody last month sparked a nationwide outcry and sweeping demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality. Three parents of victims in other cases of police violence that have drawn national attention also threw their support behind the bill Thursday.

The House of Representatives legislation would ban chokeholds, establish a national database to track police misconduct and prohibit certain no knock warrants, among other initiatives. The bill, which has more than 200 Democratic co sponsors, contains several provisions that would make it easier to hold officers accountable for misconduct in civil and criminal court.

Alot of these proposals were crafted long ago but are garnering attention now amid the nationwide protests after Floyd’s death.

Republicans countered that federal mandates go too far. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) said that most police are “good, honest people trying to help our community” and that lawmakers should not “throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) criticized the Democratic measure. “They don’t want to talk about it when white people are killed,” Grothman said, later asking, “What’s going to happen when we have a timid, neutered police force?”

At a news conference Thursday morning outside the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and other Democrats hailed what they considered a transformative measure.

The bill, Pelosi said, “will fundamentally transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism, curb police brutality and bring accountability to our police departments. It will save lives.”

In a national Associated Press-NORC survey this month, a majority of respondents said they support changes such as requiring officers to wear body cameras and prosecuting those who use excessive force.

But President Trump criticized the House bill. At a news conference Wednesday, the president accused Democrats of wanting to “weaken our police” and “take away immunity.”

This bill which 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.

At a news conference Thursday morning outside the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA.) and other Democrats hailed what they considered a transformative measure.

The bill, Pelosi said, “will fundamentally transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism, curb police brutality and bring accountability to our police departments. It will save lives.”

The House bill has been endorsed by leading civil rights organizations, the Brady gun control group, major city mayors and more than 750 entertainment industry artists, including Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Lizzo.

Three people who have firsthand experience with police violence also joined the list. In a joint statement, the mothers of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner and the father of John Crawford III expressed their support for the bill.

“The unjust killing of a loved one, especially at the hands of law enforcement, is a pain too many families have been forced to endure,” Samaria Rice, Gwen Carr and John Crawford Jr. said in the statement. “We are proud to support this effort because it’s the right thing to do. From banning chokeholds to eliminating no knock warrants, this bill will hold officers accountable to the communities they serve and compel them to have a guardian mentality, not a warrior mentality.”

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