The bill, which still needs to pass the Senate, would prohibit strangulation and limit the immunity granted to police officers
The Chamber of Deputies of U.S approved on Wednesday, 3, a police reform project called “George Floyd“. It is a tribute to the 46-year-old black man who died after a white agent kneeled on his neck for several minutes in May 2020, an event that sparked a wave of protests against racism and police violence around the world. The officer, Derek Chauvin, is being charged with murder and will be tried as of Monday, 8. The law, which still needs Senate approval, would prohibit strangulation and other assaults on approaches related to drug possession and would also review the immunities that are granted to police officers so that it is more difficult to punish them for possible crimes committed on the job.
Another version of the “George Floyd Policing Justice Act” had already been passed by the House of Representatives last year, but was blocked by the Senate, which was then under the control of the Republican Party. Now, for it to be implemented, at least 10 Republican senators would have to vote in favor of the initiative, which received support from the government of Joe Biden this Monday, 1. However, some states have already individually adopted measures against police abuse. In Colorado, for example, immunity can no longer be used as a defense in the trial of police officers in state courts.