Biden signs police order on second anniversary of George Floyd’s death -Breaking
© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden is flanked at the moment by U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D–CA), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas, and Deb Haaland, Interior Secretary.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters] – The U.S. president Joe Biden tried to reform federal policing through a wide executive order. It was Wednesday’s second anniversary of George Floyd’s passing. However, he failed to convince a Congress, which seemed immovable, to get involved in gun reform and police reform.
The order instructs federal agencies to update their use-of force policies. A national registry is created of officers who have been fired. Grants will be used to encourage local and state police to limit the use chokeholds.
“It’s a measure of what we can do together to heal the very soul of this nation, to address the profound fear trauma, exhaustion particularly Black Americans have experienced for generations,” Biden said.
He said he hadn’t signed the bill earlier because he hoped Congress would adopt a law on police reform named after Floyd. Under Republican opposition, the bill was defeated in Congress last September.
Biden addressed the nation on the morning of the Texas school shooting. He also blamed Congress for failing to pass stronger gun laws in his opening remarks.
“Where’s the backbone? Where’s the courage to stand up to a very powerful lobby,” he said, apparently referring to the gun lobby and Republican opposition to tighter gun restrictions.
A White House order prohibits no-knock entrances in certain situations, including when there is an immediate threat of physical violence.
Biden stated, “I don’t know any good cops who enjoy a bad cop,”
Floyd was a Black man who had been accused of passing a fake bill. On May 25, 2020 Derek Chauvin, an officer from Minneapolis, fell on Floyd’s neck while three others watched. This incident set off a wave protesting racial injustices months before Biden was elected.
After being convicted of murder, Chauvin was sentenced last year to 22-1/2 Years in Prison.
Biden was joined in the meeting by Floyd’s relatives, civil rights activists, law enforcement officers, and Vice President Kamala Harris, who attacked Republicans for failing to pass the police reform bill.