Donald Trump just stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) thunder by signing a landmark police reform executive order on Tuesday.
House Democrats, led by Pelosi, have been working on police reform legislation for several weeks now, but Donald Trump has already taken definitive action.
Trump began working with law enforcement groups and government leaders to come up with a solution for police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May. He also met with the families of several individuals that had died during police encounters.
Trump’s order bans the controversial use of chokeholds, among other measures. Fox News reported:
Trump’s order will touch on use of force best practices, information sharing to track officers who have repeated complaints against them and federal incentives for police departments to deploy non-police experts on issues like mental health, homelessness and addiction.
In his announcement prior to signing the order, Trump affirmed the need for police reform while defending, not defunding police organizations.
“Though we may all come from different places and different backgrounds, we’re united by our desire to ensure peace, dignity and equality for all Americans,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden. “We have to find common ground.”
As Democrat leaders nationwide attempt to cripple police forces, Trump firmly rejected the notion, warning against “more stoking of fears and division.”
“Americans know the truth without police — there is chaos without law, there is anarchy, and without safety there is catastrophe,” Trump continued. “We need to bring law enforcement and communities closer together, not to drive them apart. Violence and destruction will not be tolerated.”
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