U.S. President Joe Biden to Sign Executive Order to Reform Policing Practices

United States President Joe Biden plans to sign a long-awaited executive order aimed at reforming federal policing practices on May 25, the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.

According to people familiar with the matter, Biden will issue the executive order at the White House when he returns from a diplomatic trip to South Korea and Japan this week.

The New York Times first reported the news of Biden’s executive order.

The executive order will create a national registry of officers fired for misconduct and restrict the transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies, multiple sources told media outlets.

The executive order will also direct law enforcement agencies to tighten restrictions on chokeholds and no-knock warrants.

The executive order comes after the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act failed to garner bipartisan support in Congress last year.

Floyd’s family is expected to be in attendance at the signing of the executive order, according to a source cited by NBC News.

The family of Floyd, who died after being pinned on the ground by former police officer Derek Chauvin for over nine minutes, privately met with Biden on the first anniversary of Floyd’s death last year.

Derrick Johnson, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, welcomed the president’s executive order in a statement.

“We know full well that an executive order cannot address America’s policing crisis the same way Congress has the ability to, but we’ve got to do everything we can,” Johnson said.

“There’s no better way to honor George Floyd’s legacy than for President Biden to take action by signing a police reform executive order,” Johnson further said.

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