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Donald Trump signs executive order on police reform

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

17th Jun, 2020. 12:59 am
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Donald Trump

On Tuesday, America’s president Donald Trump signed an executive order on police reforms. Trump stated that this reform would deliver ‘elegant justice’ as the nation is protesting over the killing of black Americans by police.

To include a ban on choke-holds, extra training on guidelines for the use of force, and a database of officers what have engaged in misconduct, the presidential directive provides nationwide funding for police departments.

Before signing the order in the Rose Garden in front of uniformed police officers, Trump said,

“We have to break old patterns of failure. The order prioritizes federal grants to police departments who adhere to the new, higher standards.”

He added,

“As part of this new credentialing process, chokeholds will be banned except if an officer’s life is at risk.”

He went on to say,

“Additionally we’re looking at new advanced and powerful, less-lethal weapons to help prevent deadly interactions.”

The Democratic leaders requested to make the move following George Floyd’s death, an unarmed black man who was killed on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that while Trump “has finally acknowledged the need for policing reform,” more action must be taken.

Schumer said in a statement that,

“Congress needs to quickly pass strong and bold legislation with provisions that make it easier to hold police officers accountable for abuses, and President Trump must commit to signing it into law.”

Trump said that while only a “very tiny” number of officers engaged in misconduct, it is still critical to build trust between citizens and police in distressed areas.

A few minutes before his address, Trump spoke with relatives of people who were killed during encounters with police.

“To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side. “Your loved ones will not have died in vain,” addressed Trump.

“We must seek cooperation, not confrontation” between police and communities, and “strive to deliver safe, beautiful, elegant justice and liberty for all,” he added.

Donald Trump accused Democrats as well as former President Barack Obama for not addressing on such an issue of police brutality.

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