Exactly two years after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, President Joe Biden on Wednesday is expected to unveil an executive order aimed at reforming federal policing standards and pushing state and local law enforcement agencies to improve their policies as well.
“We have seen jurisdictions with strong standards where officers still resort to the use of deadly force, so just having these words on paper will not be enough.”
Civil rights groups on Tuesday expressed cautious optimism regarding the upcoming order, which has reportedly changed since a draft document was leaked earlier this year and garnered criticism from police groups.
According to the New York Times, the order will direct federal agencies to revise their use-of-force policies, create a national registry of officers who have been fired for misconduct, restrict the transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies, and use grants to incentivize police departments to reform their chokehold and no-knock warrant policies.
The expected signing of the executive order will follow the first update to the U.S. Department of Justice’s use-of-force policy in 18 years, which was announced Monday and requires federal agents to intervene if they see their colleagues using excessive force.
“The devil is in the details” regarding implementation of Biden’s order, Udi Ofer, deputy national political director of the ACLU, said Tuesday.