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Biden to sign executive order on police accountability on second anniversary of George Floyd killing

The new order will reportedly issue guidance to agencies about how to screen officers for white supremacist views.

Published: May 24, 2022 2:30pm

Updated: May 24, 2022 3:34pm

President Biden is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday directing federal law enforcement agencies to rethink and revise their policies for use of force and create a national registry to track law enforcement officers whose positions are terminated due to misconduct.

Biden plans to sign the order on the two-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, according to the New York Times. Some of Floyd's family members and law enforcement officials will reportedly be present at the signing.

In addition to the registry and revision of use-of-force guidelines, Biden's order will reportedly provide law enforcement agencies guidance for how to screen their officers for inherent bias, including white supremacist views. The Times additionally reports that the order will provide resources for increased collection of data on use-of-force incidents.

The executive action from the president arrives after months of back-and-forth between White House officials and law enforcement representatives. Months ago, a draft of the order became public, which yielded complaints from police groups that were displeased with being left out of the process. 

The executive order also follows a failed attempt by House and Senate Democrats to move a significant police reform bill — the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — through their respective chambers. 

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