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POTUS Will Sign New Police Reform Bill to Coincide With 2nd Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

POTUS Will Sign New Police Reform Bill to Coincide With 2nd Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

President Joe Biden will sidestep Republican obstruction and sign an executive order on police reform set to be announced as soon as Wednesday, the anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd.

The order, which is the Department of Justice’s first policy change regarding the use of force since 2004, was contained in a memo issued Friday by Attorney General Merrick Garland. The President’s executive order also is expected to expand this policy to other federal law enforcement agencies outside the Justice Department. It’s expected to build on reforms that banned chokeholds and restricted no-knock warrants by taking the rules that currently apply to the DOJ and extending them to other federal law enforcement agencies.

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The DOJ has also expanded the use of body-worn cameras and will also require its agents and law enforcement officers to intervene and render aid if they see another officer use excessive force against a detainee, a major policy change implemented along with a series of other police reform measures that the Biden administration plans to announce in the coming days.

President Biden had intended for more sweeping police reforms through legislation but had been blocked by Republican opposition in Congress. The executive order is limited, but is expected to encourage local and state law enforcement to meet minimum training and state certification standards.

 

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The new policy issued to Justice Department agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), US Marshals Service, and FBI, takes effect in July.

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