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A Crying Shame: Politics Poisoning Police Reform Efforts

President Joe Biden will hold an event at the White House hosting the family of George Floyd. Will they host the families of the officers killed in the line of duty last year? I'm guessing that's a "hard no."

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Wants to Create Federal Agency to Investigate Police "Misuse of Force"

According to text of the bill, the legislation would designate the National Police Misuse of Force Investigation Board as "an independent establishment of the United States Government." It would consist of eight members appointed by the president for six-year terms, but only four of those members could represent the same political party to preserve a bipartisan nature.

Biden Urges Congress to Pass Hate Crime Legislation in Response to Attacks Against Asians

The Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act aims to increase Justice Department oversight of coronavirus-related hate crimes, provide support for state and local law enforcement agencies, and make hate crime information more accessible to Asian American communities.

House Bill Would Expand LEOSA Carry Rights

The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) Reform Act (H.R. 1210) would allow active and retired law enforcement officials to carry firearms on state, local, and private property otherwise open to the public. It would also allow them to carry firearms in national parks. Further, the bill would allow them to carry in Gun Free School Zones.

Congress Passes Law Requiring Federal Officers to Wear ID and Agency Name at Protests

Federal officers responding in riot-torn cities last year were criticized for not wearing ID or agency names.

Federal Legislation Proposed to Protect Police, Punish Attacks on Officers

A new piece of proposed legislation introduced for consideration by the United States Senate would make it a federal crime to knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer. Offenders are subject to imprisonment for up to 10 years.

House "Squad" Members Unveil Bill to Defund Police and Give Reparations for "Police Violence"

Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) are sponsors of the BREATHE Act, which was announced on a Zoom call. It has not yet been introduced. The two representatives are members of a progressive group of four legislators known as the "Squad."

House of Representatives Approves "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act"

The United States House of Representatives on Thursday approved draft legislation named for George Floyd, whose in-custody death last month has sparked weeks of widespread civil unrest and calls for police reform.

Video: President Trump Announces Executive Order on Police Reform

In a ceremony held at the White House on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump signed an executive order addressing police reform in America and then addressed a group of law enforcement professionals and community leaders assembled in the Rose Garden.

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Legislation Introduced to Cover Officers with Federal Benefits if They Die or are Disabled by COVID-19

“America’s public safety officers are out on the frontlines of this pandemic keeping America up and running as best they can,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell.

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