US House passes police reforms ahead of Floyd murder trial

Washington (AFP) – A sweeping police reform package that bans choke holds and combats racial profiling cleared the US House of Representatives Wednesday, five days before the trial of a white officer charged with murdering African-American George Floyd. The bill is named after Floyd, who died last May 25 when then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on the victim’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The shocking killing was caught on video and sparked mass protests across the nation in the midst of the 2020 election. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act cleared th…

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