The Biden administration on Monday on Monday supported a House-pending police reform bill that would ban strangling and revise qualified immunity protections for law enforcement.
“To make our communities safer, we must begin by rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the people they are responsible for serving and protecting. We cannot restore that trust if we do not hold police officers accountable for abuse of power and address systemic misconduct – and systemic racism – in law enforcement, “the White House said in a statement calling for adoption. of HR 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
The legislation is named after the Minnesota man who died on May 25 last year after an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes despite his pleas for help.
The bill would ban all neck ties, including strangles and the type used on Floyd, as well as strike ban warrants in the drug business, as was used in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, last March.
“The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will tackle systemic racism, reduce police brutality and save lives. This legislation includes bold reforms, which outlaw strangling, stop strike prohibition warrants, end the court-created doctrine of qualified immunity, combat racial profiling, and establish strong new standards and protections to prevent and fight police misconduct, ”Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in a statement last week.
One version of the bill was passed largely on partisan principles after Floyd’s death last year, but remained stuck in the Senate, which was then under Republican control. The bill is still facing a rough patch in the Democratic-controlled Senate, as it will need at least 10 Republican votes to pass.
“The administration encourages the House to pass this legislation and looks forward to working with Congress to enact landmark law for police reform,” the White House statement said on Monday.