Biden vetoes the DC police reform measure

 May 26, 2023

President Joe Biden has vetoed a police reform bill for the District of Columbia, but it will not become law, according to a report by The Washington Examiner.

Three years after George Floyd was killed while detained by former police officer Derek Chauvin, on  Biden vetoed a congressional move to overturn the bill on Thursday.

The revisions were approved by the district council last year, but as with any laws in Washington, DC, they are subject to review by Congress.

In April, the Republican-controlled House voted to send President Trump a resolution of disapproval, and Senate Republicans successfully used their minority to compel a vote on the measure.

The White House's Take

"This morning, the president also vetoed a congressional Republican-led disapproval resolution that would have nullified crucial police reforms, many enacted in the District of Columbia on an emergency basis in 2020, after George Floyd’s murder," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

"[These include] banning chokeholds, setting important restrictions on use of force and deadly force, improving access to body-worn camera recordings, and requiring officer training on de-escalation and use of force."

"The president has repeatedly said we have an obligation to make sure that all people, all Americans, are safe and that public safety depends on public trust," Jean-Pierre said.

"It is a core policy of this administration to provide law enforcement the resources they need for effective, accountable community policing."

Republican Response

All Republicans in the Senate voted in favor of the bill, and 8 Democrats also voted in favor. In keeping with his promise to reject the legislation, Biden did so on the anniversary of Floyd's death.

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), who helped force the Senate vote, lashed out at Biden over the move: “With today’s veto, President Biden rejected a bipartisan and commonsense effort to make our nation’s capital safer,” Vance said.

“The millions of Americans who visit Washington and the brave men and women of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department deserve far better. It’s a shame they won’t get it from this administration.”

Following the president's decision to veto the bill, Biden urged members of Congress to approve a new piece of legislation known as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

This legislation would implement more improvements to the way police operate at the state and local levels.

"It is up to Congress to send this bill to his desk, and once they do, he will sign the law," Jean-Pierre said.

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