As tensions are running high nationally over George Floyd’s untimely death at the hands of a Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, there is hope through the sadness and anger.
The medical examiner in Minneapolis has ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide.
The police officer, Derek Chauvin who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes while Mr. Floyd repeatedly pleaded for his life stating he could not breathe, was charged with 2nd degree murder. The three additional Minneapolis police officers who stood there without intervening have also been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
We have now learned the family of George Floyd is coming together with Rev. Al Sharpton to hold a march on August 28th at the nation’s capital coinciding with the 57th anniversary of the civil rights movement’s March on Washington, to call for a federal policing equality act. The goal of this act is to eradicate systemic racism in US policing with the further hopes to heal the racial divide while simultaneously blocking other facets of racism in society.
Because each state, town, and city have their own set of policing rules to an extent, it makes it harder to separate the few bad cops from the scores of good community serving police officers. Oftentimes, “internal investigations” in contentious situations involving police officers and even higher powered political figures don’t always make it to the public.
The federal policing equality act could potentially have the ability to supersede any state’s Peace Officer Bill of Rights which is currently in place in states like California including Long Beach, and is generally supported by the majority of local elected officials. Officials including, democrats and republicans in Long Beach.
Fair minded police unions, associations, and police officials across the country will most likely want to be involved in the legislative process to craft the contents of a future federal policing equality act along with leaders of the African American community to make it workable and to help build trust.
The introduction of body cameras several years ago into police forces have made it easier to prove when a police officer is correct during a difficult situation or when another route ought to have been taken.
Many times, police officers find themselves in dangerous situations due to their jobs and oftentimes need to make split second decisions. The federal policing equality act could ensure best practices are taken with no racial bias.