House Democrats propose a plan to combat police brutality on Monday, June 8th. The proposal came after former police officers murdered George Floyd on Memorial day. The nation erupted into protests and riots for the last two weeks. Citizens in small towns and large cities united under the movement to end police brutality and racial injustice. However, while popularly supported by Americans, it is likely to face harsh resistance from Republicans in the senate. As a result, the bill may fail.
What The Proposal Would Include
The nationwide police reform proposes a few following things.
- A national police misconduct registry would be created to register police officers who commit repeat offenses.
- Police officers would be required by government regulations to attend racial bias training to receive funding.
- It would limit the movement of military equipment to police.
- Body cams must be on at all times by law.
- Attorney generals and the justice department would have more power to investigate police misconduct individually.
- Choke holds, or other neck restraining measures would be banned.
- Lynching would become a federal crime.
These are some of the most prominent features of the bill. However, there are still many other parts of the discussion.
Why This Is A Good Plan
The Democrats propose a plan that sets a standard across the nation and a step in the right direction. Republicans argue against the bill stating that law enforcement is a local and state government right. However, in a system of apparent widespread corruption, it is vital to impose policies to root out corruption and hold law enforcement accountable. This bill would do just that. As a result, a sweeping standard would be set in place for departments around the country. Another thing, police officers would be more easily accountable by a 3rd party investigator.
Passing this bill would by no means solve all our problems. But it is an acknowledgment by the government that there is a problem and the right step. It will allow police officers and departments to be held up to the standard of laws they enforce. As a result, departments around the country would begin to root out bad cops to maintain their funding, and officers would be more careful knowing there were consequences to their actions.
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