The US Lower House addresses inequalities in criminal justice system
Washington, June 5 (Prensa Latina) The House of Representatives of US Congress, controlled by Democrats, will present upcoming Monday a legislative bill against racial inequalities in the criminal justice system, its president, Nancy Pelosi, announced yesterday.
The initiative, currently spearheaded by members of the Black Caucus of Congress, will have provisions aimed to remove racial profiling and curbing the excessive use of police force.
In addition, it proposes to revoke the known 'qualified immunity' doctrine for law enforcement officers, which protects officers individually from lawsuits for crimes they commit on duty.
'We won't budge an inch until we make sure justice is done,' Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.
However, the bill will go much further, the California Democrat warned, adding that the package would in turn include provisions aimed to grow the status of African-Americans outside of the criminal justice system.
'It is also about other injustices. It's about healthcare disparities, environmental injustice, economic injustice, educational injustice,' she noted.
Although the Democratic leader did not reveal when they intend to vote on the legislation, they hope it will be before June 30.
The bill is Democrats' response to a series of unarmed African American killings by law enforcement officers, most recently in Minneapolis last week when George Floyd was murdered in the custody of the city police.
Curfews, tear gas, rubber bullets, almost 10,000 people arrested and at least nine people killed in violent incidents set the scene for protests that the United States has experienced since May 26 amid the lethal Covid-19 pandemic.
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