The US House of Representatives has passed a bill proposing broad police reform, according to the results of the vote.
“The George Floyd Police Justice Act” was supported by 220 deputies; 212 were against it.
The bill is named after an African-American man who died in 2020 after a police officer stepped on his neck during an arrest and held him in this position for more than eight minutes.
The bill was already passed in the House of Representatives in the summer of 2020, but the Senate did not pass it. The Democrats, having gained control of both houses of Congress, reintroduced the bill.
The bill prohibits the use of strangulation techniques, the selection of suspects on religious or racial grounds. It also establishes a nationwide database on police abuse. It also weakens the legal doctrine of “qualified immunity,” which de facto protects the police from abuse claims.