Black Lives Matter: Donald Trump signs order on police reform

Black Lives Matter: Donald Trump signs order on police reform

"Americans want law and order". It would ban chokeholds - except for when the police officer's life is at risk - and prioritize federal funding to departments that meet high standards on use of force and de-escalation training.

Trump began by saying he'd just met with what he called some "incredible" family members of individuals who have died in encounters with police and corrections officers or in racially-charged circumstances.

The president delivered remarks in the White House's Rose Garden and signed the order, titled, "Safe Policing for Safe Communities".

According to senior White House officials, who briefed reporters Monday by phone, the President will also recommend departments call upon social workers to team up with officers when they respond to a non-violent 911 call. Stay tuned for more details in this situation.

Trump's executive order would establish a database that tracks police officers with excessive use-of-force complaints in their records.

More sweeping overhauls to the nation's policing are under consideration in Congress.

The chamber's Republican majority is crafting its package of proposals, which includes a ban on chokeholds and increased used of police body cameras. President Obama set up a "21st Century Policing" task force to develop recommendations for police departments with the recommendation that "Law enforcement culture should embrace a guardian - rather than a warrior - mindset to build trust and legitimacy both within agencies and with the public".

President Trump plans to sign an executive order Tuesday calling for higher standards for how local police are hired and trained, but it's unclear whether his directives can or will be enforced. Trump said in the White House Rose Garden.

"Trump and his administration have taken every opportunity to dismantle federal police reform efforts, undercut accountability, and threaten the public with a militarized law enforcement response", said Gupta.

Democrats in the House of Representatives and Republicans in the Senate are preparing competing packages of policing changes as USA politicians seek to respond to mass demonstrations over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans. "We grieve together and we heal together", he said. "We have to find common ground". The doctrine protects law enforcement officers from lawsuits unless it can be proven they violated clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.

The incident, which went viral thanks to a bystander taking video, sparked nationwide unrest and led to weeks or rioting, looting, arson, protests and other demonstrations regarding race and black communities' relationship with law enforcement.

While Trump hailed his efforts as "historic", Democrats and other critics said he didn't go almost far enough. Though their proposals share many similar provisions - both would create a national database so officers can not transfer from one department to another without public oversight of their records, for instance - differences remain.

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