Police Reform and Racial Justice Bill Submitted to Congress

If adopted, a number of existing police practices will be abolished

House Democrats present bill to address racial injustice in U.S. police control.

Police Reform and Racial Justice Bill Submitted to Congress

If passed, the Police Justice Act will change a number of existing practices. For instance:
– The bill will exclude the protection of police and correctional officers under the “qualified immunity” that protects officials whose actions have been found to be illegal, including in cases of excessive use of force.
– The bill will strengthen the protection of civil rights by making the police accountable for violations of the constitution, which are committed “knowingly or with reckless disregard”.
– The bill will restrict the use of lethal fire in situations where it is deemed necessary and where other options have been exhausted, rather than letting officers determine that lethal fire is the only option if the police officer believes he is facing a threat.
– The US Department of Justice will be required to create a police misconduct register. It will contain complaints against federal and local law enforcement agencies, as well as the results of inspections, disciplinary actions and the like. This step is intended to make it impossible for officers dismissed for misconduct to move to similar positions in other departments..

Police Reform and Racial Justice Bill Submitted to Congress

– The bill prohibits racial checks at the federal law enforcement level, and requires local police, which receive federal grants, to provide evidence supporting the elimination of such practices in order to receive funding

Police Reform and Racial Justice Bill Submitted to Congress

– The bill introduces a federal ban on the use of choking and pressure on the carotid artery, for example, with a knee on the neck, which led to the death of George Floyd. Law enforcement agencies in the states will be disqualified from receiving federal grants unless they impose a ban on such practices.
– The bill prohibits the use of federal no-knock orders for drug-related offenses and disqualifies police departments that do not abandon the practice from receiving federal grants. Police in Louisville, Kentucky killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor this year while executing a court search warrant on her apartment..
– The document requires federal law enforcement officers to wear body-worn cameras.

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– The bill restricts the transfer of military weapons and equipment to local police stations. The exception is counter-terrorism operations, and does not apply to drug control or border security operations..
– The bill gives the Department of Justice the power to issue subpoenas for police misconduct investigations and provides $ 100 million in grants over the next ten years to fund such investigations by state attorneys general.

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