Democrats Unveil Sweeping “Police Reform” Bill Ending “Qualified Immunity” For Cops

Monday, June 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 06/08/2020

As the push for abolishing police departments intensifies, Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, just unveiled the “sweeping” police reform bill that they’ve been talking about all weekend.

The “Justice in Policing Act of 2020” would ban chokeholds, establish a national database to track police misconduct and prohibit certain no-knock warrants, among a long list of other reforms.

Per WaPo, the bill would also change federal law so that victims of excessive force or other violations only need prove that officers “recklessly” deprived them of their rights to sue them in civil court. This limiting of “qualified immunity” has been cited as police unions as a major misstep that would dissuade recruits from becoming officers.

If passed, the bill would also expand DoJ powers to investigate and prosecute police misconduct, a capability that has been “undermined by the Trump administration,” the document said. It would grant subpoena power to the department’s Civil Rights Division to conduct “pattern and practice” investigations, and grant subpoena power to states attorneys offices to do the same.

Before unveiling the details of the legislation, Congressional Dems knelt for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, the amount of time George Floyd – whose killing 2 weeks ago by police revived the push for police “reform” – was on the ground before he was killed due to an officer knee to his neck.

The bill will also make lynching a hate crime, Pelosi said.

The full bill is expected to be released later on Monday. The House Judiciary will hold its first hearing on the issue of police reform on Wednesday.

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