Following the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis resident who died in police custody May 25, a wave of protests and riots have unfolded in major cities across the United States. The primary concern of these demonstrations has been growing criticism of policing practices in the US, which critics say are too reliant on excessive force and are racially biased.
Congressional Democrats are set to introduce police reforms that ban chokeholds, target qualified immunity, and put restrictions on military weapons. However, local governments have already begun to enact their own reforms. Here are some of the changes made or proposed by major cities across the country.
As the origin of the nationwide protests, Minneapolis City Council announced Sunday that they would disband the Minneapolis Police Department and redirect funding “towards a community-based public safety model.” (RELATED: Minneapolis City Council President Says Calling The Police During An Emergency Is ‘Privilege’)
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who was booed by protestors Sunday for disagreeing with abolition proposals, said that he would try to change police union contracts and arbitration methods.
In a unanimous vote held last week, the city council banned police chokeholds, expanded disciplinary action against officers that violate the law, increased bodycam footage audits, and required authorization for the use of tear gas, ABC News reported.
Source: Daily Caller