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Democrats’ sweeping new police reform bill, explained

Posted on AllSides June 9th, 2020
From The Left
US Congress, police reform, chokeholds, qualified immunity, George Floyd protests

House and Senate Democrats unveiled a new policing reform bill on Monday in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of a now-former Minneapolis police officer and the weeks of protests against police brutality that followed.

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 contains a number of measures that make it easier to prosecute police misconduct and demilitarize police departments around the country.

The bill’s biggest provision seeks to end qualified immunity, a thorny legal issue that gives police officers and other public officials broad immunity from civil...

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