• Ed Gaines

House Democrats Pass Police Reform Act Named For George Floyd

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a police reform bill that would ban chokeholds and overhaul qualified immunity protections for officers.


The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, H.R. 1280, passed in party-line vote, 220-212.



A version of the bill passed last year but stalled in the Senate, which was then under Republican control. The House bill passed Wednesday night still has to go to the Senate, where it will need at least 10 Republican votes for passage.




The bill is named after Floyd, the Black man who died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for minutes. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired, and he faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. His trial and jury selection are scheduled to begin Monday.



The bill, among other things, would ban neck restraints and "no knock" warrants in drug cases at the federal level. It would also reform qualified immunity, which is a doctrine that makes it difficult to sue officers.





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