Democrats are renewing a push for criminal justice reform following former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction in the murder of George Floyd.
President Biden, congressional Democrats and members of Floyd’s family in Minneapolis lauded the jury’s decision Tuesday finding Chauvin guilty on all three charges stemming from Floyd’s death in May, but said it was no substitute for broader action on police reform.
Democrats have raised pressure on Senate Republicans to pass the bill, which would prohibit racial profiling at every level of law enforcement, ban chokeholds, carotid holds and no-knock warrants, institute a national police misconduct registry and overhaul legal protections currently afforded to law enforcement known as qualified immunity.
The legislation passed the House in March but faces an uphill battle to winning 60 votes in the Senate. Democrats have largely backed the bill, but Republicans have expressed opposition, chiefly over its provision changing qualified immunity.
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