Two years after George Floyd’s death, president Biden signed his 90th executive order, Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing And Criminal Justice Practices To Enhance Public Trust And Public Safety,
Among other things, the executive order promotes accountability by creating a national database of police misconduct, such as:
“The EO orders the Attorney General to establish a National Law Enforcement Accountability Database, in which all Federal law enforcement agencies ( Federal LEAs ) must participate.
Strengthens Pattern or Practice Investigations. “The EO requires steps to improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal civil rights violations, including directing the issuance of best practices for independent investigations and improving coordination to address systemic misconduct through pattern or practice cases.”
Mandates the use of body cameras, bans choke holds unless in the case of deadly force, and restricts no-knock warrants.
Biden signed the executive order at the White House Wednesday, with family members of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, present.
After he signed the executive order, Biden’s remarks included:
“I know progress can be slow and frustrating, and there’s a concern that the reckoning on race inspired two years ago, is beginning to fade.” Biden said. “But acting today, we’re showing that our dear friend, John Lewis wrote in his final words after his final march for justice in July of 2020. He said, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act. An affirmative act. And today we’re acting. We’re showing that speaking out matters, being engaged matters, and that the work of our time, healing the soul of this nation, is ongoing and unfinished and requires all of us never to give up.”
Biden also repeated what he said in his statement after the Uvalde massacre:
“We must ask: What in God’s name will we need to do what needs to be done to, if not completely stop, fundamentally change the amount of carnage that goes on in this country? To state the obvious, I’m sick and tired of what’s going on and continues to go on.”
Apparently, not sick enough. Executive orders are not going to solve the deep, systemic issues that plague law enforcement and their trust with the public. If you think it will, you’re sadly mistaken, Mr. President.
Sources: The Hill, NBC News, WhiteHouse.gov, The Week.