Proposal to increase police officers’ liability for suspects’ deaths passes House but faces perilous path in the Senate

The House passed the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” on Wednesday night, a Democratic bill that would create sweeping police reforms.

The bill passed 220-212. If enacted, it would drastically change qualified immunity for police, the principle that protects law enforcement officials from liability for their actions, by making them accountable for deaths that occurred by “knowingly or reckless disregard.”

It also would create a national police misconduct registry, ban federal law enforcement officials from using chokeholds, and make the banning of chokeholds a condition of federal funding to states, among other measures.

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