US House passes police reforms, voting rights bill

Protesters face off US security forces in Minnesota, USA, following the death of George Floyd in police custody, on June 10, 2020. – EPA pic, March 4, 2021.

A SWEEPING police reform package that bans choke holds and combats racial profiling cleared the US House of Representatives yesterday, 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 at age 46 when then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on the victim’s neck for more than eight minutes.

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