House Approves Police Reform Bill Named After George Floyd

Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar

The House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Wednesday. The law is named after George Floyd who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis during an arrest. 

The bill would ban the use of chokeholds, excessive force and other measures. It would also revise “qualified immunity” for law enforcement officers making it easier to pursue claims against police misconduct.

The Biden administration had earlier released a statement in support of the bill, “To make our communities safe, we must begin by rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the people they are entrusted to serve and protect. We cannot rebuild that trust if we do not hold police officers accountable for abuses of power and tackle systemic misconduct – and systemic racism – in police departments.”

In a statement, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said “Never again should an unarmed individual be murdered or brutalized by someone who is supposed to serve and protect them. Never again should the world be subject to witnessing what we saw happen to George Floyd in the streets in Minnesota.”

The House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Wednesday. The law is named after George Floyd who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis during an arrest. 

The bill would ban the use of chokeholds, excessive force and other measures. It would also revise “qualified immunity” for law enforcement officers making it easier to pursue claims against police misconduct.

The Biden administration had earlier released a statement in support of the bill, “To make our communities safe, we must begin by rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the people they are entrusted to serve and protect. We cannot rebuild that trust if we do not hold police officers accountable for abuses of power and tackle systemic misconduct – and systemic racism – in police departments.”

In a statement, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said “Never again should an unarmed individual be murdered or brutalized by someone who is supposed to serve and protect them. Never again should the world be subject to witnessing what we saw happen to George Floyd in the streets in Minnesota.”

During the House debate, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) said that the city of Minneapolis is still feeling the effects of Floyd’s death. “Time and time again we have witnessed the people who are sworn to protect our communities abuse their power,” said Omar.