PoliticsThe House approves a package of police measures before the November elections

    The House approves a package of police measures before the November elections

    The House approves a package of police measures before the November elections

    The Democrats of the House of Representatives approved on Thursday a package of new bills related to the police reform that would fund the recruitment and training of police departments across the country and that include new language for police accountability.

    The procedural vote on the bills passed by a narrow margin of 216 to 215, after a group of progressive Democrats opposed providing more funding to police departments.

    Bills including the Mental Health Justice Act of 2022, the Investment to Protect Act of 2022, the Breaking the Cycle of Violence Act and the Victims Act of 2022, would provide millions of dollars to law enforcement with accountability measures attached.

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    The bills, which garnered bipartisan support, are largely political messages, as they the measures are unlikely to garner enough Republican support in the Senate for your approval.

    The bill establishing the grant program for small apartments it would allow the money to be used for better training, body cameras and access to mental health services.

    Two of the bills would provide federal grants to help law enforcement increase their crime resolution rates and improve investigative resources for shootings and other violent crimes.

    The fourth bill would provide grants to states and tribal organizations to send non-police rescuers that they can better handle civilians suffering from mental health crises.

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    As protests against the police abuse aa large scale that occurred in 2020, also momentum for police reform slowed in Congress. George Floyd’s sweeping Justice in Policing Act, which contained several dramatic police reforms to prevent police abuse, such as restrictions on chokeholds, has stalled in Congress since earlier this year.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: “House Democrats believe that all Americans deserve to live in a safe community, where they and their families can thrive. This public safety package is the latest manifestation of our majority’s commitment to putting people above politics, building safer communities for all, and honoring our oath to protect and defend.”

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    Republicans have sought to portray Democrats as tolerant of crime and hell-bent on defunding the police, a proposal many progressive Democrats embraced amid a series of high-profile cases of excessive violence by law enforcement. particularly against minorities.

    Those Republican criticisms have increased as the election approaches and the party has sought other ways to tarnish Democrats with voters, criticizing the immigration system as dysfunctional and emphasizing the continuing cost of inflation.

    Source: La Opinion

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