Democrats’ legislation would overhaul police accountability

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are coming out with legislation to overhaul police accountability.

Their package expected Monday is in response to mass protests nationwide over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans during interactions with law enforcement. The Justice in Policing Act would overhaul legal protections for police, create a national database of excessive-force episodes and set new standards for police training.

The Associated Press obtained a draft outline of the package. The draft document says the proposed legislation would revise the federal criminal police misconduct statute to make it easier to prosecute officers who are involved in misconduct “knowingly or with reckless disregard.”

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