President Trump signed an executive order on police reform at the White House yesterday. The order calls for increased transparency and accountability in incidents of police misconduct. It also limits the use of chokeholds and increases the use of non-police personnel to deal with mental health or addiction related issues.
It establishes a national certification and credentialing system for law enforcement agencies, creates a federal database that can be used to track police officers’ record of wrongdoing and encourages Congress to pass further reforms.
Protests and riots have raged across the country in the wake of the killing an African-American man by police in Minneapolis using a controversial choke technique.
The “Safe Policing for Safe Communities” order acknowledges instances of police brutality and the negative impact that it has had on relationships with the police.
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