President Donald Trump signed an executive order to encourage better police practices but made no mention of racism and police brutality in his remarks. The order came after weeks of protests in all 50 states since the death of African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.
The US President met with the families black men killed in confrontations with the police before moving on to his White House Signing ceremony. Trump told the families he was sorry for their losses and is grieving with them before reversing his tone to honour the work done by “the brave men and women in blue who police our streets and keep us safe.”
Additionally, Trump said the officers who use excessive force are a “tiny” fraction among “trustworthy” police ranks. After that he said, “Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals,” while being surrounded by police in Rose Garden.Also Read- Police Officer Involved in George Floyd Case Released on Bail
Throughout the raging protests, President Trump has faced heavy criticism for failing to speak up and against systemic racism and police brutality. The President is known for speaking in a harsh and stern voice against violent protesting among a majority of peaceful protests. On the other hand, Trump acknowledged the majority of the police force as selfless public servants.
House Speaker says the order falls sadly and seriously short
The new executive order will create a database to track police officers who use excessive force and make a record. This would then create a financial incentive for departments to encourage good police practices. Moreover, this order will encourage the use of co-responder programs where social workers can accompany police to non-violent calls.
The President also stated that chokehold will be banned “except if an officer’s life is at risk” under the new credentialing process.
Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, said, “falls sadly and seriously short of what is required to combat the epidemic of racial injustice and police brutality that is murdering hundreds of Black Americans.”
“During this moment of national anguish, we must insist on bold change, not meekly surrender to the bare minimum,” she continued. A member at Amnesty International USA said the new order “amounts to a Band-Aid for a bullet wound”.