The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an extensive police bill named after George Floyd, whose death in custody sparked global protests against racial injustice.
Democrats passed the Justice Act in George Floyd’s police with a vote of 220-212, with the support of only one Republican.
The law will prohibit detention and abolish “qualified immunity” for law enforcement, facilitating the prosecution of officials accused of violating the constitutional rights of suspects.
The measure was first approved last summer, shortly after Floyd’s May 25 assassination by Minnesota police, but it stopped in the then-Republican-controlled Senate.
Democrats say they are determined to pass the bill for a second time. Although they now control both houses of Congress, it seems unlikely that legislation will pass the Senate without major changes to win GOP support.
With Post wires