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Biden Issues Executive Order on Policing on Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

HeadlineMay 26, 2022

President Biden marked the second anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by signing an executive order aimed at reforming policing. Joining Biden at Wednesday’s signing ceremony was George Floyd’s family, as well as that of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in 2020 when police executed a no-knock warrant at her apartment.

President Joe Biden: “This is a call to action based on a basic truth: Public trust, as any cop will tell you, is the foundation of public safety. If they’re not trusted, the population doesn’t contribute, doesn’t cooperate.”

Biden’s order directs federal agencies to revise use-of-force policies, banning tactics like chokeholds and restricting practices like no-knock warrants, while establishing a national database of police misconduct. Biden’s executive order came as a reform bill — the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — remains stalled in the Senate amid Republican opposition.

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