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The house of representatives passed a bill on police reform. It is reported The Hill.
The document, called “the Law of equitable police George Floyd” in honor of the deceased in the Minneapolis African-American, voted by 236 house members, most of them members of the Democratic party. 181 Congressman voted against it.
The bill prohibits the police to use choke holds during arrests. In addition, it provides for the creation of a database that tracks police officers who were observed misconduct, and the changing tactics of law enforcement. The document also restricts the issuance of warrants to enter homes and toughens the punishment of the police, unreasonably used violent actions to a suspect.
The Washington Post writes that some of the clauses of the bill were developed long before the beginning of the protests in the United States. However, they become relevant against the backdrop of mass demonstrations.
In the opinion of the speaker of the house, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the document will be “to combat systemic racism and will radically change the culture of policing”. She believes that this will ultimately save many lives.
Now the bill must receive the approval of the Senate — where the majority belongs to the Republicans. Then it will be handed over to President Donald Trump, who has the right to impose on the veto document.
On 16 June it became known that the U.S. President will sign an Executive order, the purpose of which is police reform. She will aim to motivate police departments to use modern standards in the field of the use of force. It is also planned to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and social services. Social workers will be involved in working on cases involving drug addicts and the homeless.
From the end of may in dozens of U.S. cities held mass protests accompanied by riots and clashes with police over the death of an African-American George Floyd. In some States, they turned into riots, pogroms, looting, shooting and arson. The protesters are blaming the police and racist prejudices in society.
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