President Trump signs an Executive Order to Reform the Police
FACT ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER
Trump is under pressure to do something to address the mass protest, which is sadly graced by the killing of George Floyd.
This order, which many lawmakers will say does not go far enough, is intended to send a message that Trump is willing to work with Congress on more meaningful reform.
- The president encouraged Congress to pass its own police reform legislation.
- Trump said he had spoken privately with a group of families — many of whom lost relatives to police violence — about the order earlier in the day. He specifically mentioned the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean, Antwon Rose II, Jemel Roberson, Atatiana Jefferson, Michael Dean, Darius Tarver, Cameron Lamb and Everett Palmer, Jr. Floyd’s family was not present.
- Those families were not present in the White House Rose Garden for the executive order signing.
Despite the executive order, Trump made clear in his Rose Garden remarks that he is still a “law and order” president:
- “We have to find common ground. But I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to defend [sic], dismantle and dissolve our police departments, especially now when we achieved the lowest recorded crime rates in recent history,” he said.
- The president said there are a “small number of bad police officers…They are very tiny. I use the word ‘tiny.’ It is a very small percentage. But you have them.”
ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW ORDER
Under the order, police departments that meet certain standards, outlined by the Justice Department, on use of force will be given access to federal grants, a senior administration official said on a call with reporters on Monday.
- Departments must ban the use of chokeholds to receive such certification, unless an officer is targeted by deadly force.
- The order also moves to create a national registry to track police officers with multiple instances of the use of excessive force.
- The order also includes new programs that would help law enforcement officials better deal with mental illness, homelessness, and addiction — including encouraging departments to involve mental health professionals and social workers to work alongside officers in the field.
THE NEW ORDER DIDN’T ADDRESS
- Trump said — “I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to defund, dismantle and dissolve our police departments. … Americans know the truth: Without police, there is chaos. Without law, there is anarchy,”
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