Trump’s Executive Order on Policing Explained

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    On Tuesday, President Trump, flanked by police officers, signed an executive order intended to encourage better police practices. “Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals,” Trump said before he signed the order. Prior to the signing, Trump met with several African-American families that had lost loved ones resulting from police violence.

    The Order

    The order will establish a database for tracking officers with excessive use of force complaints in their record, will give police departments an incentive for adopting the best police practices and will encourage the inclusion of social workers when needed to deal with mental health, addiction and homelessness issues. Trump also included a rule that chokeholds would be banned “except if an officer’s life is at risk.”  This rule instructs officers to be certified by a “reputable independent credentialing body.” 

    Trump’s decision was criticized by many Democratic leaders for not going far enough. It made no mention of the racism problem.