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Minnesota Governor signs “delayed” police accountability bill

“These critical reforms are long overdue — they are meant to strengthen transparency and community oversight,” Gov. Tim Walz said.

Two months after George Floyd was killed in police guardianship, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz formally marked a police accountability bill into place on Thursday (July 23). This law remembers a boycott for neck-limitations, much like the one utilized on Floyd directly before he died. 

The bill additionally includes a ban for strangleholds, “warrior-style” training and expresses that an officer needs to intercede if his partner utilizes “over the top power and changes rules on the utilization of power to pressure the holiness of life,” as indicated by CBS News. 

“This bipartisan piece of legislation moves us toward a critical step towards criminal justice reform,” Gov. Walz said. “These critical reforms are long overdue — they are meant to strengthen transparency and community oversight.”

The enactment will likewise make another “advisory council for the state board that licenses officers, makes changes in arbitration rules affecting police unions and requires more training on dealing with people with mental health issues and autism.”

A month ago, the House of Representatives passed the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” and it was supported by all 233 House Democrats and three Republican representatives.

“Today with the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the House is regarding his life and the lives of each one of those killed by police fierceness and vowing: Never again,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on June 25. “At the point when we pass this bill, the Senate will have a decision: to respect George Floyd’s life or to sit idle.” 

The bill would put government bans on police strangle holds and no-thump court orders in tranquilize assaults, preclude racial profiling, and build up a national library of police wrongdoing through the Department of Justice. 

The enactment won’t defund police offices or redistribute assets to community programs. Officers will be held personally liable for all harm in misconduct lawsuits and military surplus equipment will be halted from going to police divisions.

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