July 27, 2021

US police reform: Trump signs executive order on ‘best practice’

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order introducing several police reforms while rejecting calls to defund or dismantle the police.

His order offers federal grants to improve police practices, including creating a database to trace abuses by officers.

The order comes amid anger over the killing of African Americans by police officers.

Several US cities have proposed more radical reforms.

Speaking at the White house on Tuesday, Mr Trump also said he had met with a number of African American families who had lost loved ones.

“We have to find common ground,” Mr Trump said.

The latest drive for reform began after the death in police custody of George Floyd last month.

Floyd died after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The killing spurred global protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement.

There was fresh outrage after the death of another black man, Rayshard Brooks, who was shot during an attempted arrest in Atlanta last Friday.

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