Donald Trump signed a new executive order in Washington on Tuesday, saying “encourage police departments to adopt the highest professional standards”, calling on lawmakers in Washington DC to unite and debate police reforms, as cities across the U.S are struggling to respond to Anti-police protests.
Trump’s order established financial incentives to encourage the police department to adopt national best practices through certificates provided by independent qualification agencies. It will restrict the kind of choke that killed George Floyd on May 25, but can still be used when the life of a police officer is threatened.
The order also established a Ministry of Justice database that will track police officers accused of using excessive force to prevent bad police officers from jumping from town to town during law enforcement.
It will use more federal funds to train police departments in mental health, homelessness and addiction.
Trump said: “What is needed now is not to cause more fear and disagreement. We need to bring the law enforcement and the community closer together, rather than split them.”
When American politicians seek to respond to the large-scale demonstrations in which George Floyd and other black Americans died, Democrats in the House of Representatives and Republicans in the Senate are preparing a competitive package for policing reforms.
A series of activities show that large-scale protests against police violence and racial prejudice are rapidly changing American politics.
Kyle Kondik, an analyst at the University of Virginia’s Political Center, said the president and Congress are responding to a “real, measurable change in public opinion on police brutality and the “Black Lives Matter” campaign.”
He said that Normally, when there is a major change in public opinion, you do see politicians trying to do this. It’s not just Trump.
Kondik said: “These protests have aroused public interest, and the political system has responded to them.”The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on police affairs on Tuesday, hearing the testimony of major civil rights and law enforcement leaders in the United States.
According to the Associated Press, Vanita Gupta, chairman and chief executive of the Conference of Civil Rights and Human Rights Leaders, told the senator: “It is time to reimagine a safer and fairer society for everyone. ”
Gupta said that the strong national protest “is nothing more than a reaction to an isolated incident or misconduct towards some’bad apples’”.
Senator Tim Scott, the only African-American Republican senator in the Senate, has been drafting a Republican legislative plan that includes new restrictions on police-only places and more measures to use police-only cameras. Scott said he discussed the legislation with Trump over the weekend.
Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate, said that Trump’s administrative actions are far from enough.
Schumer said in a statement: “Although the president finally admitted that police reform must be carried out, a modest executive order will not make up for his years of inflammatory speech and policies aimed at thwarting the progress made in previous years.”
The proposals made by Democrats and Republicans have many similar regulations, but they use different methods to solve certain problems. Neither of these bills met the efforts of some radicals who wanted to “disparage the police” through a comprehensive reorganization of the department.
Trump said: “I firmly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to destroy, dismantle and disband our police department.”