House Approves Police Reform Bill Named After George Floyd | 22 Words

House lawmakers have passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act...

A reform bill that aims to make it easier to pursue claims of police misconduct.

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Now, the world changed forever on May 25th 2020 when George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was ruthlessly killed by police officers.

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And it caused global outrage.

The forty-six-year-old father was arrested and forced to the ground...

Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back. After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive. An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to the hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

George died unlawfully at the hands of these officers.

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The independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.

This kind of unjust police brutality towards Black men and women has been happening for centuries now...

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But George's death sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people began taking to the streets in protest...

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And they were all marching for one thing: For the end of blatant racism and injustice in this country.

The increased awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement was ultimately triggered by the protestors...

And still, to this very day, justice is being demanded not only for George Floyd, but also for so many other Black people who have died at the hands of racism and law enforcement.

In the days following the incident...

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There was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved - Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - to face criminal charges for their actions.

The day after George's death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired...

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And after an overwhelming surge of anger and protest, the officers were arrested just days later.

Justice was finally served.

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Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George's neck, was arrested and charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter. His bond was set at $50,000 before he faced an upgraded charge of second-degree murder, according to Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar.

Even though the officers responsible are now behind bars,

And the awareness of racism is bigger than ever...

Floyd's family still have to live and deal with the devastating loss.

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Something that will never get easier.

In the wake of his death, many people called for things with the police to change.

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And now, a bill approving police reform has been passed by the House.

It aims to make it easier to pursue claims of police misconduct.

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And of course, the move has been praised heavily online.

House lawmakers on Wednesday passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

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A reform bill that will ban chokeholds and alter so-called qualified immunity for law enforcement.

The wide-ranging legislation would also ban certain case of no-knock warrants and mandate data collection on police encounters.

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The bill will also prohibit racial and religious profiling and redirect funding to community-based policing programs.

The bill, which received 220-212 votes, comes 9 months after George's death.

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As per NPR, in a statement, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif 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."

Support of the bill was shown by the Biden administration earlier this week.

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In a statement issued urging the House to vote in favor of the proposal, it read:

"To make our communities safe, we must begin by rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the people they are entrusted to serve and protect. We cannot rebuild that trust if we do not hold police officers accountable for abuses of power and tackle systemic misconduct – and systemic racism – in police departments."

President Biden also showed his support by taking to Twitter and writing:

"I am pleased that the House will vote next week on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. I encourage the House to pass it. Following Senate consideration, I hope to be able to sign into law a landmark police reform bill."

A similar version of the bill was passed last year but it failed in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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The bill will now be voted upon in Senate.

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