US House passes sweeping policing bill

Washington, Jun 26 (IANS) | Publish Date: 6/26/2020 9:56:50 AM IST

The Democrat-led US House of Representatives passed a sweeping policing reform legislation largely along party lines, in the wake of a national outcry against police brutality and racism after the killing of an unarmed black man by a Minneapolis police officer.

The bill, titled George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, was named in honour of the 46-year-old African-American man who pleaded “I can’t breathe” before dying in police custody on May 25, reports Xinhua news agency.

His death has prompted weeks of protests and civil unrest in at least 140 cities across the US since then. The bill was passed in a vote of 236-181 on Thursday night, with three Republicans crossing party lines to vote on the Democratic side.

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