Democrats unveil police reform bill after nationwide protests against brutality

  • The Democratic legislation would make sweeping changes designed both to deter police use of force and hold officers more accountable for abuses.
  • The bill would reform “qualified immunity” for officers, making it easier for people whose constitutional rights were violated to recover damages.
  • It would change the federal standard of criminal police behavior from “willful” to acting “knowingly or with reckless disregard,” to address the difficulty of prosecuting officers
  • The bill would start a federal registry of police misconduct and require states to report use of force to the U.S. Justice Department.
  • It would ban police use of chokeholds and carotid holds, and condition funding for state and local departments on barring the practices.
  • The bill would stop the use of “no-knock” search warrants in drug cases in the U.S.
  • It would give the Justice Department subpoena power to carry out “pattern and practice” investigations into police department conduct.
  • The bill provides state attorneys general with grants to carry out pattern and practice probes and create a process for independent investigations into uses of force.
  • It would require training on racial bias and implicit bias at the federal level, and condition state and local funding on offering training.
  • It cubs transfers of military-grade weapons to state and local police.
  • The bill would classify lynching as a federal hate crime.
  • The Democratic plan did not meet many activists’ demands to slash — or entirely cut — police funding