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George Floyd death protests response: Democrats divulge Police Reform Bill, hope to bring long awaited changes

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 Two weeks post George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, protests against police brutality and violence against Black Americans has gained momentum with no end in sight any time soon. 

With economic shutdown across the country it has only given people time and focus to continue protests. The protestors on streets are determined to continue raising their voice against the discrimination and violence at the hands of police officers until a real judgment is provided. This might be just inviting another episode of police action on rallies, like last week, before the protests rages up with new energy again.

Democrats in Congress unveiled a new legislation bill on Monday, the Police Reform Bill. This bill is aimed at putting a halt at police using extreme force across the nation. It would also enable efficient identifying, tracking and prosecuting any episode of police misconduct. 

The Police Reform Bill was produced as an aftermath of mass protests across states in U.S. and expanding further beyond to various countries post George Floyd’s death that sparked protests and mass rallies against police violence and racial discrimination against Black Americans. 

This bill is the most expansive reformed intervention into police network and working by lawmakers of U.S. in a very long time. 

According to this new bill there would be curtailing of many provisions that had been granted to police officers that protected them from prosecution in case of any misconduct allegations. Furthermore, the bill would implement restrictions that would prevent law enforcers from use of extreme force or violence, except for being the last resort. 

This bill has incorporated many reforms advocated by civil rights activists and human rights advocates since a long time against dominance of police officers. 

The bill was introduced by joint commission including Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Senator Kamala Harris of California. 

Representative Karen Bass, who is also the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said “Never again should the world be subjected to witnessing what we saw on the streets of Minneapolis, the slow murder of an individual by a uniformed police officer.”

The Democrats are working towards swiftly passing the motion in the Democratic-led House. But President Trump and Republicans who control the Senate are yet to respond and decipher their acceptance of this reform bill. 

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