The House of Representatives has ratified George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Wednesday with a 220-212 majority vote. The act was the need of the hour following the national outcry regarding racial injustice and brutality of the police.
The bill mainly aims on holding the police accountable for their actions. It will also prevent the ‘problematic’ officers from shuffling from one department to another by creating a national registry to track their records. The bill will also instigate the removal of all the brutal practices under scrutiny which have become controversial worldwide and triggered the Black Lives Matter movement last year.
A representative from California, Karen Bass, and former Chairwoman of Congressional Black Caucus introduced the bill on Wednesday along with the House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler from New York.
Bass claimed that 30 years ago Rodney King was brutally beaten to death by police in Los Angeles and they were still struggling to formulate policing bills. She said that they were responsible for acting aloof in this grave matter. She stated that since the murder of George Floyd last year, more than 100 officer-involved shootings have occurred, and in numerous cases, the officers were not charged at all.
She concluded by revisiting the gruesome incident that happened in Colorado where three young girls aged 6, 8, and 11 years were forcefully taken out of the car and were made to lie down on the ground by the police. She became quite emotional while telling all the atrocities which had led to this bill being passed from the House, today.
According to Karen Bass, it’s high time to act and transform the United States before any more lives are lost. Police are supported in every manner as well as given due credit whenever it is their right but likewise, they should also be held accountable when acting unfairly towards the people.
The ratification of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the right step in the right direction to minimize the effects of racism in society.