United States President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at reforming federal police practices on May 25, two years after the murder of George Floyd.
“This executive order is going to deliver the most significant police reform in decades. It applies directly, under law, to only 100,000 federal law enforcement officers, all the federal law enforcement officers. And through federal incentives and best practices that are attached to it, we expect the order to have significant impact on state and local law enforcement agencies as well,” Biden said in remarks.
The order directs the attorney general to create a new national database of officers convicted of crimes, firings, and “sustained complaints or records of disciplinary actions for serious misconduct,” among other issues, according to the White House.
Under the order, all federal law enforcement agencies are required to participate in establishing the database, which will be available to state and local agencies.
The order also restricts the transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies, mandates all federal agents to wear activated body cameras, and restricts the use of chokeholds and so-called no-knock warrants.
The order also requires law enforcement to intervene and stop the use of excessive force when they see it and to administer medical aid to those who are injured.
The family of Floyd, who died after being pinned on the ground by former police officer Derek Chauvin for over nine minutes, was present at the signing ceremony.
The families of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Amir Locke, and Atatiana Jefferson also attended the ceremony.
Biden called on Congress once again to pass a more comprehensive police reform legislation, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which has been stalled for two years after failing to garner bipartisan support.
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