Pelosi Leads Dems In A Moment Of Silence Taking A Knee & Introduces Justice in Policing Act Of 2020

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On Monday, Democratic lawmakers led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held a nearly nine-minute long moment of silence — taking a knee and wearing African-style kente scarves, which Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) later said was for “respecting our past.”

Democrats also unveiled legislation Monday that, if passed, would increase accountability of police officers by banning certain practices and significantly curbing immunity from legal consequences stemming from acts committed in the line of duty.

The Democrats’ bill, Justice in Policing Act of 2020, comes as Americans across the country have protested in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. (Continued Below)

As reported by CBS News:

The bill, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, was announced in a press conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and other congressional Democrats on Monday morning. The bill is 136 pages, and includes reforms to make it easier to prosecute police officers for misconduct in civil court.

The bill also aims to address cultural biases in police stations by mandating racial training. It would also change the standard for evaluating whether use of force was justified. Currently, officers only need to prove that use of force was reasonable. (Continued Below)

The bill would change the standard so that officers need to prove that use of force is necessary. The bill would also require that federal law enforcement officers wear body cameras, and limit transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement. It would ban no-knock warrants in drug cases.

The bill also includes a provision for a separate crime for conspiring to violate federal hate crime laws, which would theoretically add a charge against mob-style lynchings. A recent anti-lynching bill failed. Through the bill, Democrats seek to establish a national use of force standard, ban federal use of chokeholds and racial profiling, and set up a National Police Misconduct Registry to maintain public records of officers’ violations, as reported by Fox News.

Some Democrats have called for disbanding police forces altogether. The Minneapolis City Council has already said they plan to do this in the aftermath of Floyd’s death.

President Trump tweeted on Monday, “The Radical Left Democrats have gone Crazy!” adding: “I want LAW & ORDER!”

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