Wednesday's executive order by President Joe Biden was signed to increase accountability in police. It came on the second anniversary George Floyd's death. This action, while meaningful, was limited and reflected the difficulties in addressing racism, excessive force use and public safety in an era when Congress is stuck on more powerful measures.
One tragedy led to another. A mass shooting at a Texas elementary school killed 19 children and 2 teachers, leaving the event that was shaped by this tragedy happened on the same day. Biden and Kamala Harris, Vice President Kamala Harris, made remarks to offer comfort to those affected by the shooting and those who suffered from police brutality. They also promised that they would work together to bring about change despite the divisions on Capitol Hill.
Biden stated, "I understand progress can be slow-paced and frustrating." "Today we're acting. We are proving that speaking up matters. Engaging matters. It is important to remember that the work of healing this nation's soul requires us all to never give up.
Floyd's family was present at the White House when the president stated that "what they do in their memories matters." The president is limited in his ability to fulfill his campaign promises because lawmakers have failed to come to an agreement on how to reform the police and on ways to reduce mass shootings. As he attempts to reach consensus, Biden also seeks to balance civil rights and police groups in a time of rising crime concerns.
Biden's order focuses mainly on federal law enforcement agencies. For example, it requires them to revise and review policies regarding the use of force. According to the White House, it will also establish a database that can be used to track misconduct by officers.
Officials are exploring ways to encourage local police departments to cooperate with federal funding.
The order also restricts the supply of surplus military equipment to the local police.