Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday unveiled legislation aims at reforming police in the U.S. The bill was crafted by Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass, D-Calif., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J.
According to NBC, who received a summery, the name of the bill is the “Justice in Policing Act.” it would ban choke-holds, including the type used on George Floyd and no knock raids in drug cases, that was used to justify the home invasion of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
The bill does not stop there, The legislation would also require local police to send data on the use of force to the federal government and create a grant program that would allow state attorneys general to create an independent process to investigate misconduct or excessive use of force, according to the five-page summary of the bill. Further, the bill would make it easier for people to recover damages when police departments violate their civil rights.
A training program would be created that would cover racial bias and duty to intervene, and the measure would require that police officers use deadly force only as a last resort and use de-escalation techniques. The measure would also create a federal registry for misconduct complaints and disciplinary actions against police officers.
The bill comes after protests that have lasted for two weeks since Floyd’s death in Minnesota. Although some activists have been calling for the defunding of the police, the bil never mentioned that. Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass, D-Calif., who played a lead role in crafting the legislation, said at a press conference Monday that the power of the protest movement across the U.S. will help Congress pass this measure, which, in addition to holding police accountable and increasing transparency, would change police culture.