Democrats are calling for increased accountability of police for violations. President Trump stresses the need for protection &# 171; law and order&# 187;
Democratic lawmakers have called for the largest police reform in decades, including creating a nationwide registry of police abuse and making it easier to file lawsuits for victims of police violence.
On Wednesday, House Democrats are slated to begin hearings on the so-called Police Fairness Act, hoping to pass it by the end of the month. For the bill to pass, it must also get the backing of the Republican-controlled Senate, where hearings are scheduled for next week..
“Before the eyes of the whole world, a new movement is emerging in our country,” said one of the authors of the bill, Karen Bass. “People are taking to the streets demanding more than just justice, but fundamental change that will end police brutality, racial checks and denials of the right to file a lawsuit when you are hit by the police.”.
It is unclear how many Republicans are willing to support the idea of police reform. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expresses confidence that the two parties “will be able to find common ground.”.
President Trump tweeted Sunday: “I want us to have great and well-paid law enforcement agencies. I want law and order! “
“When people take to the streets, it’s because they know the history very well and are fed up,” Senator Kamala Harris, who may be running for vice presidency with Joe Biden, said Thursday..
Democratic leaders have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the bill to a Senate vote by the end of July. However, Harris recalled that last week the Senate rejected a bill making lynching a federal crime..
The Democratic-drafted bill notes that “persistent and uncontrolled police prejudices and historical lack of accountability are devastating for the African American community.”.
The bill’s sponsors are calling for a federal ban on the use of strangleholds and warrants that allow police to enter the homes of drug suspects without warning, and to encourage the imposition of similar bans at the state and municipal level by withholding federal funding..
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In several regions, local authorities have already banned police from using tactics that led to the death of African American George Floyd, which sparked a wave of protests..
The Democrats’ initiative also aims to make it easier to hold policemen accountable. In particular, it is proposed to change the concept of “conditional immunity”, which often protects officers from civil lawsuits by people who believe that the police have mistreated them..
Another provision states that the victims will only need to prove that the police violated their civil rights “inadvertently”, while now it is necessary to prove that the actions of the police were “deliberate”.
Against the background of Floyd’s death, some activists are calling for much more drastic measures, including “depriving the police of funding.” Some activists explain that their goal is not to achieve the complete abolition of the police, but to redirect part of the funds from its budget to social, educational and other needs..
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again shied away from a direct answer to the question of whether she supports the idea of cutting funding for the police. Instead, she noted that Democrats in the House of Representatives are considering several proposals aimed at addressing social initiatives that protesters say are more worthy of funding..
Minneapolis City Council plans to abolish municipal police, and mayors of two largest US cities – New York and Los Angeles – want to cut police funding in favor of community programs in poor areas.
Trump criticized the idea on Monday. “Law and order, not the cessation of funding and the abolition of the police. The radical left democrats are crazy! ” – he wrote on Twitter.
And about. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolfe, on Fox News Sunday, called the idea of cutting police funding “absurd”. “In my opinion, this is not advisable,” he said. “This is a political statement.”.
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