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BIDEN TURNS TO POLICE REFORM
It’s been two years since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, with no meaningful action from Congress on police reform efforts.
Now, President Biden is marking the two-year anniversary of Floyd’s death calling for a national database of officers who have been fired for misconduct and requiring federal agencies to update their policies on use of force.
The database of disciplinary records will apply to federal officers and state and local jurisdictions that partner with the federal government on joint task forces.
The order bans federal officers from using chokeholds except in limited instances and curbs federal law enforcement’s use of no-knock warrants.
Ben Crump, the attorney who has represented Floyd’s family, told NotedDC that the order signals “incremental progress.”
“While this action does not have the long-term impact that we had hoped for with the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, it does represent incremental progress, and we need to commit ourselves to making progress every day because the safety of our children is worth the fight,” Crump and co-counsels Antonio Romanucci and Jeff Storms said in a statement to The Hill after Biden signed the order. “This is a start that should serve as a model for law enforcement everywhere.”