It’s been two years since the killing of a black man by a white police officer sparked protests across the United States and around the world. Americans are revisiting the debate over police brutality and racism, following the death of George Floyd.
President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to reform the police and ensure “fair and impartial justice”.
Biden said, “It’s a measure of what we can do together to heal the very soul of this nation, to address the deep fear and trauma, burnout, especially black Americans, for generations. .”
The president invited Floyd’s family to the signing ceremony, along with the families of other victims of police killings.
Floyd died after former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than 9 minutes.
The killing reignited the Black Lives Matter movement and amplified calls for police reform. The President’s order directs all federal agencies to prohibit chokeholds and neck restraints unless deadly force is authorized.
The measure limits when officers can enter a property without knocking, including when doing so would pose an imminent threat of violence.
All federal agencies should participate in the creation of a database to help track misconduct records. But the president cannot require local police forces to follow his order. Yet he encourages them to make similar changes.