President Trump has signed an executive order calling for law enforcement nationwide to institute reforms aimed at preventing fatal police-related incidents. The order is in response to George Floyd's death in police custody three weeks ago in Minneapolis, the fatal shooting of DUI suspect Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta this past weekend, and other recent, high-profile deaths. FOX News reports:
Trump's order touches on use of force best practices, information sharing to track officers who have repeated complaints against them and federal incentives for police departments to deploy non-police experts on issues like mental health, homelessness and addiction. Trump said law enforcement officers would only be allowed to use chokeholds if their lives are in danger.
The President called the effort "historic action to deliver a future of safety and security for Americans of every race, religion, color and creed." He also added, "Though we may all come from different places and different backgrounds, we're united by our desire to ensure peace and dignity and equality for all Americans."
Before announcing his police-reform order at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden yesterday, the President met personally with several families who he said "lost loved ones after deadly interactions with police."
"To all of the hurting families," Mr. Trump said, "I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side. Your loved ones will not have died in vain. We are one nation. We grieve together, and we heal together. I can never imagine your pain or the depth of your anguish. But I can promise to fight for justice for all of our people, and I gave a commitment to all of those families today."
But according one ABC News contributor: "A presidential executive action has little impact on the day-to-day operations on state and local law enforcement agencies." That's true. But it's definitely a step in the right direction, especially if an executive order is followed by legislation, which is what happened today in the Senate.
Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), introduced a police-reform bill today. Among other things, the "JUSTICE Act" calls for "Use of Force reporting, No Knock Warrant reporting, incentivizing chokehold bans, and increased penalties for false police reports." It also establishes "penalties for failing to ensure correct usage" of body cams; calls for "(m)aintaining and appropriately sharing disciplinary records for officer hiring consideration;" and would make lynching a federal crime.
Last week, House Democrats unveiled a different police-reform bill called the "Justice in Policing Act." A vote on the Senate bill is expected by next week. Grassfire will share more information about the vote when it becomes available to us from the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
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These actions by President Trump and Sen. Scott come at a time when morale among law-enforcement personnel is said to be at an all-time low. As of Monday, 19 Atlanta police officers reportedly have resigned "amid the growing civil unrest." On Friday, a police major in Tulsa, Oklahoma published a chilling article on LawOfficer.com called "America, We Are Leaving." Travis Yates wrote:
"I wouldn't wish this job on my worst enemy. I would never send anyone I cared about into the hell that this profession has become."
Anti-police rhetoric and attacks by radical leftists and Democrat leaders is taking a toll on the men and women "in blue." Calls to defund the police continue, even though a majority of Americans surveyed (64% in a recent ABC News-Ipsos poll) reject the idea.
Grassfire's own "Support Our Police?" QuickPoll revealed that 98% of our team members stand with the men and women of law enforcement. Only 2% of those who responded want to see police departments defunded.
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