House Democrats pass police reform package

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House Democrats on Thursday passed a package of bills involving changes to policing and public safety. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License picture

September 22 (UPI) — House Democrats on Thursday passed a package of new bills that would fund recruiting and training for police departments across the country, and include new language for police accountability.

Early in the day, a procedural vote on the bills narrowly passed 216 to 215, after a group of progressive Democrats objected to additional funding for police departments.

Democratic Representatives Cori Bush, Mo., Jamaal Bowman, NY, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY, and Rashida Tlaib, Michigan, joined Republicans in voting against the measure. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., voted present.

Later in the day, the package moved through wider margins, according to ABC News. He is now heading to the Senate.

“The Investing to Protect Act will ensure that local police departments across the country have what they need to recruit and retain the best officers, to provide the necessary training and to invest in providing mental health resources to our agents,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer, DN.J., said in a Tweeter.

One of the bills, sponsored by California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter, would create a grant program for departments to hire and send mental health professionals instead of law enforcement officers. laws when incidents involve behavioral health needs.

Another bill provides funding for police departments with fewer than 200 officers and also allows the funding to be used for police and community safety data collection.

Despite being one of the harshest critics of the police, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar provided a key vote in favor of the package.

The package, she said, according to ABC News, is “holistic, evidence-based legislation that addresses public safety and unifies the Democratic caucus.”

“After significant and deliberate negotiations, we are pleased to share that … the bill will include a number of reforms to ensure funds are used to support small police services, to invest in de-escalation and other training important, and for data collection and mental health,” Omar and Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said in a joint statement.

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