Trump’s Police Reform Order: Explained
• On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order introducing several reforms to the police forces in the United States.
• The order offers federal grants to improve law enforcement practices, as well as the creation of a database to trace abuses by officers.
• While Trump did not comment about the ongoing racism debate in the US, the reform order comes as a result of the protests and anger over police brutality towards the black community.
• The order includes a federal database by means of which civilians can lodge complaints against officers.
• It also encourages the deployment of social workers alongside the police officers in order to deal with non-violent cases regarding drug abuse and homelessness.
• The order bans the use of choke-holds by police officers; and a choke-hold may only be used when an officer’s life is at risk.
• Trump said that new, less-lethal weapons are being looked into, in order to prevent deadly interactions between officers and civilians.
• The president said that all these reforms are in the best interest of the safety of civilians and he stressed that the idea is to bring the police closer to the community.
• Trump stood by his decision to not defund or dismantle the police, and said that “Without police, there is chaos.”
• He said that "We have to find common ground, but I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to defund, dismantle and dissolve our police departments."
• While critics say that these reforms fall short of what was expected and demanded, the White House called their criticism “premature”.
• It is yet to be seen how these reforms will come into play and what impact they might have on law and order enforcement across the country.
Reporter - Pranav Govil