In the wake of protesters marching in the streets demanding justice and reform, House Democrats have proposed a new bill, intended to increase the accountability of police officers.
The proposed bill would make it easier to take officers to both civil and criminal court.
It would also lower the bar for “qualified immunity,” something that sometimes shields government officials from lawsuits.
Additionally, the proposed bill would also form a database to keep track of some officers who have been involved in past misconduct.
“With the legislation, with accountability, and with the transparency and the emphasis on training, we believe that we’ll be able to address those type of situations,” said Representative Karen Bass (D-Ca), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. “It’s time for police culture in many departments to change and we believe that the legislation will make a major step forward in that direction.”
Bass says the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 will hold abusive law enforcement officers accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust between law enforcement and our communities.
House Democrats want United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to appear at a hearing to explain the use of the military domestically.
The officer-involved death of George Floyd has caused nationwide protests, where demonstrators have demanded justice for Floyd and others involved in officer-related incidents.
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