US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order on police reforms in which he said would deliver “elegant justice” as the nation protests over the killing of black civilians by police.
The president’s directive provides funding incentives for police departments to include restrictions on choke hold, additional training on guidelines for the use of force, and a database of officers engaged in misconduct.
“We’ll have to break the old pattern of failure,” Trump said shortly before the uniformed police officers signed the order at the Rose Garden.
Trump said the order provides federal grants to police departments that follow new, higher standards.
“As part of this new credit procedure, choke hold will be banned, except if an officer’s life is at risk,” he said.
“In addition, we are looking at new advanced and powerful, less lethal weapons to prevent lethal interactions.”
The move is a step toward requests made by Democratic leaders after the May 25 death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed when a Minneapolis police officer stabbed him in the neck for about nine minutes .
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that while Trump has “acknowledged the need for policing reform,” more action should be taken.
“Congress needs to pass strong and bold legislation with provisions that make it easy for abusive police officers and President Trump to commit to signing it into law,” Schumer said in a statement. Said in a statement.
Trump said that only “very small” officers indulge in misconduct, which is important to build trust between citizens and police in troubled areas.
The order stated that “especially in African-American communities, we should re-double our efforts as a nation to swiftly resolve cases of misconduct with the police”.
Shortly before his address, Trump spoke to relatives of those killed during encounters with police.
Trump said, “To all the suffering families, I want all of you Americans to grieve on your behalf.” “Your loved ones will not die in vain.”
“We need cooperation, not confrontation” between police and communities, and “an effort to provide safe, beautiful, beautiful justice and freedom for all.”
Trump also accused Democrats of failing to address the issue of police brutality, including his presidential predecessor, Barack Obama.