Biden issues police reform executive order on anniversary of George Floyd's death

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to improve federal law enforcement operations. The protest took place on the second anniversary of the police killing of African-American man George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The order "promotes accountability," said Biden, who spoke at a White House event, with measures such as the creation of "a new national law enforcement accountability database to track records of wrongdoing so that an officer cannot hide the misconduct." According to the White House, it also prohibits chokeholds, limits no-knock warrants, and tightens use-of-force regulations to encourage de-escalation.

Biden said, the executive order extends immediately to all federal law enforcement agents with a force of 100,000 or more. "We expect the order to have a major influence on state and local law enforcement agencies as well," he added, citing federal incentives and best practises as examples. The signing event was attended by the relatives of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who were slain by officers executing a "no-knock" warrant in Louisville, Kentucky in 2020.

Floyd's death spurred huge protests against police brutality and systematic racism across the United States in the summer of 2020.

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