Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi introduced a bill on a broad reform of the US police amid protests after the high-profile death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police officers.
“Police brutality is a sad reflection of America’s long-standing system of racial injustice. Justice can only be achieved by full, comprehensive action, and that is what we will do today,” Pelosi said at a news conference.
According to her, the bill assumes “transformation through structural changes,” will increase responsibility for abuse and control over the police.
If passed, the law will remove barriers to criminal prosecution and compensation for police abuses, removing its immunity in many cases, the speaker of the House of Representatives explained.
“The bill will demilitarize the police by restricting the transfer of military weapons to state and local police. He will fight police brutality by requiring body cameras and on cars; ban chokeholds and no-knock searches in drug cases, and prohibit categorizing (suspects) on racial grounds,” Pelosi said.
Also, she said, lynching will be added to the list of Federal hate crimes in a separate line. Lynching in the traditional sense of mob murder is not found in the United States. Still, this term is often understood to mean the death of detainees in custody under unclear circumstances.