Social Justice

Police Overhaul May Get Boost as Congress Crafts Spending Bills

July 30, 2020, 11:45 AM

The push to change policing policies across the country could gain new urgency in Congress as Democrats and Republicans, currently at an impasse, must negotiate legislation to keep the government running after Sept. 30.

The parties have been at odds over how to reduce police violence as widespread protests continue over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, while in Minneapolis police custody in May. Both parties aim to increase police accountability and training, and want a federal database to track state and local officers’ use of force.

They differ over how to address police chokeholds and no-knock...

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