Top congressional Democrats unveiled on Monday a sweeping piece of police reform legislation in response to nationwide calls for racial justice after the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, by Minneapolis police last month.
The measure includes provisions that would ban chokeholds, create a National Police Misconduct Registry, end racial profiling, bar the use of “no-knock” arrest warrants in drug cases and limit “qualified immunity,” which currently shields officers from lawsuits over their misconduct.
Senate Republicans have also begun efforts to craft their own police reform bill led by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who has presented his GOP colleagues with recommendations for improving federal data collection on the use of force and no-knock warrants, as well as training for police. But Republicans have not yet embraced a federal chokehold ban.
Additionally, the White House is also in the process of drafting an executive order aimed at overhauling police laws, with President Donald Trump hoping to announce the administration’s action during a trip Thursday to Dallas.