President Joe Biden on Thursday signed an executive order that he claimed will deliver “the most significant police reform in decades.”
As NBC News noted, Biden signed the order on the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd, who died when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.
Speaking at a White House signing event, the president claimed police officers are often not held accountable.
“We know, too often, when there is a use of biased policing and excessive force — when that occurs, it too often is not met with accountability, denying equal justice not just to individuals but to whole communities and, therefore, to our nation as a whole,” he said.
So what, exactly, does the executive order do?
“The order creates a national registry of officers fired for misconduct and encourages state and local police to tighten restrictions on chokeholds and so-called no-knock warrants,” according to NBC. “It also restricts the transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies and mandates all federal agents wear activated body cameras.”
“The EO orders all Federal LEAs to adopt use of force policies with requirements that meet or exceed those in the Department of Justice’s updated use-of-force policy, which authorizes force only when no reasonably effective, safe, and feasible alternative appears to exist; authorizes deadly force only when necessary; and emphasizes de-escalation,” a White House fact sheet added.
Biden said Wednesday that public trust in police officers is often “frayed and broken.”
“This is a call to action based on a basic truth: Public trust, as any cop will tell you, is the foundation of public safety,” he said. “If they’re not trusted, the population doesn’t contribute, doesn’t cooperate.”
“Without public trust, law enforcement can’t do its job of serving and protecting all of our communities,” he added. “But as we’ve seen all too often, public trust is frayed and broken, and that undermines public safety.”
On Twitter, Biden said he was taking action because the George Floyd in Policing Act had stalled in Congress.
I’ve called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, but Senate Republicans have stood in the way of progress. That’s why this afternoon, I’m taking action and signing an Executive Order that delivers the most significant police reform in decades.
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 25, 2022
“I’ve called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, but Senate Republicans have stood in the way of progress,” he tweeted. “That’s why this afternoon, I’m taking action and signing an Executive Order that delivers the most significant police reform in decades.”