Work on the law was started after the murder of George Floyd.
Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate could not agree on a draft law on police reform. Attempts to pass this law were launched after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.
In June 2020, the corresponding bill (George Floyd Justice in Policing Act) was passed by the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress. In particular, it significantly lowered the threshold of legal immunity of police officers, which, if adopted, would allow them to be brought to criminal responsibility with less difficulty, and also prohibited the use of choking techniques during detention. In the Senate, work on a similar bill has stalled.
White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki expressed regret that Republicans “refuse to discuss key issues that many law enforcement officials believe need to be resolved.”
President Biden issued a statement calling Floyd’s murder “a stain on the soul of America.” He indicated that he fully supports the bill passed by the House of Representatives and noted that “we will not allow those who stand in the way of progress not to allow us to respond to the call (of American society demanding police reform).”
The failure of the reform negotiations is a political defeat for President Joe Biden, who promised to carry it out. Now Biden is being urged to use administrative tools to achieve these goals.