On Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed a reform bill named George Floyd in a 220-212 vote.
Floyd is a black American who died at the Minneapolis officers’ watch on May 25, 2020. After Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, choked him to death by pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck during a restraining.
The officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, and Floyd kept saying that he couldn’t breathe before hell broke loose and he lost consciousness. He was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and was later pronounced dead.
A nationwide protest against police brutality and systematic racism against black people followed George Floyd’s death.
A year later, a reform bill, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, has been crafted to see through police reform measures geared towards ending police brutality and racial injustice.
The bill will check police accountability and prevent officers from moving from one department to another without proper vetting. It will also address and end some police practices that have led to Black Americans’ deaths in the last year.
The bill was reintroduced by Karen Bass, California Rep and Jerrold Nadler, House Judiciary Chair. Karen did a press call where she talked of how Rodney King was beaten by police 30 years ago, and still, no police reforms have been enacted in the United States up to now.
She added that after George Floyd’s murder, there have been over 100 police shootings, and no officer has been charged.
Karen expressed her disappointment by pinning a question, how many people have to die? And most of these police brutalities are videotaped. Still, there are no measures to transform policing in the United States. She believes that officers need to be accountable for their doings and bolster their accreditation to raise the nation’s standard of policing.
Some of the new measures in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act include:
- Ban Chokeholds, carotid holds, and no-knock warrants.
- Mandatory training on profiling.
- End profiling based on race and religion.
- Use of body cameras.
- Require stronger data reporting on police use of force.
- National Police Misconduct Registry establishment
There have been other bills introduced in the last year after deaths on police officers’ hands were recorded. For instance, a bill was introduced after Breonna Taylor was shot dead during a no-knock warrant to search her Louisville home as a part of a narcotics investigation.
Some of the recent bills include the JUSTICE Act introduced by Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, and this bill shares some component with the passed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The other bill was introduced by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky named Justice for Breonna Taylor Act to ban no-knock warrants.
Now, George Floyd’s Bill needs to go through the Senate before reaching President Joe Biden, who will sign it into law. We hope Both Republicans and Democrats can come together to send the bill to the president and help end police brutality on black people.
Nelson Richards is a Seasoned Journalist with nearly 6 years of experience. While studying at Case Western Reserve University, Located at Cleveland. Nelson found a passion for finding and writing articles which are published in Well known Media Publications such as Tnt Publications and Ohio News Network. As a contributor to Chroniclex Nelson Covers National Topics.