Epoch Times MASOOMA HAQ reported:
The order has three main components: more certification and credential requirements for officers, information sharing on officials who have been subject to excessive use of force complaints, and co-responder programs that will send health professionals alongside officers during certain situations.
The package would create a database to track officers who have multiple instances of misconduct and would also use federal grants to incentivize departments to meet certain standards, according to a senior White House official in the call with reporters.
Democrats criticized the order, saying it’s not enough to change the law enforcement system.
As with anything President Trump draws both harsh criticism and praise.
“Trump’s executive order does not go nearly far enough to create the kind of change our country is demanding to see. Americans are taking to the streets in all 50 states for widespread, systemic changes to our system of policing. We must sign into law our Justice in Policing Act,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Republicans feel the order honors those who have been affected by police brutality and also respects police professionals.
“Today’s action by President Trump marks the first step in helping our cops serve their communities better; better training, more transparency, new accountability, these are meaningful solutions, as opposed to Democrats’ push to defund the police and stoke anarchy,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
The President’s actions regarding changes in law enforcement practices are positive steps and balanced. They will help our communities be safe, and also improve equitable treatment. https://t.co/1r8eOkcVnA
— Rep. Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) June 16, 2020
“Thank you, @POTUS @realDonaldTrump, for your leadership in addressing police reforms. The solution isn’t to ‘defund the police,’ it is to provide more support and accountability. With today’s executive order we’re taking a strong step to enhance training and communication,” said Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.).
The solution isn’t to “defund the police,” it is to provide more support and accountability.
With today’s executive order, we’re taking a strong step to enhanced training and communication. https://t.co/Lh8OQDWTuK
— Senator Kelly Loeffler (@SenatorLoeffler) June 16, 2020
Republicans are said to introduce their own police reform bill soon. Their legislation will seek to not only reform some dangerous police practices but aims to collect national data on police use of force and no-knock warrants.
Many Democrats and Republicans have avoided the call to defund police and focus on reform.