A police reform bill in honour of George Floyd that will ban chokeholds and “qualified immunity” for law enforcement officials has been passed by the US House of Representatives. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would also ban no-knock warrants, mandate data collection on police encounters, prohibit racial and religious profiling and redirect funding to community-based policing programs. The 220-212 vote comes nine months after Mr Floyd , a black man, died when a police officer in Minneapolis pressed a knee on his neck for several minutes. As he died, Mr Floyd was repeatedly heard to say: “I can’t breathe.” His death in May 2020 prompted massive protests across the US and around the world calling for an end to racial injustice and police brutality. Advertisement California Representative Karen Bass, who authored the bill, said: “Never again should an unarmed individual be murdered or brutalized by someone who is supposed to serve and protect them. “Never again should the world be subject to witnessing what we saw happen to George Floyd in the streets in Minnesota.” More from Congress Contoversial Trump ally refuses to apologise for insulting school shooting survivor Marjorie Taylor Greene: Trump ally removed from congressional committees… Read full this story
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