After weeks of violent protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of MN Police officers that sparked protests and violent riots across America, President Trump just signed a police reform executive order that’s being praised by both the left and the right.

The Hill – The executive order allows the Justice Department to allocate discretionary grant funding to police departments for police training and de-escalation techniques. The department eligible for funding are required to be certified by federally approved bodies.

The measure prioritizes federal funding for police departments that embrace de-escalation tactics, including a ban on chokeholds outside of instances where an officer’s life is in danger, and improves the government’s ability to track officers with a history of excessive force complaints.

The president’s executive order coincides with ongoing negotiations in Congress for police reform legislation. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who is spearheading the effort for Senate Republicans, is expected to introduce his bill on Wednesday.

President Trump explained his executive order to Americans: “The vast majority of police officers are selfless and courageous public servants. They are great men and women. That is why today, I’m signing an executive order encouraging police departments nationwide to adopt the highest professional standards to serve their communities.” He added, “These standards will be as high and as strong as there is on earth.”

CNN’s Van Jones praised President Trump for his executive order on police reform. Here’s the transcript from the clip below:

The executive order is a good thing —uh, mainly because you saw the support of law enforcement there. That gives you a sense of where the bottom is—where the floor is for reform. And that floor is higher than it has been.

There’s movement in the direction of a database for bad cops. We’ve never been a federal database for bad cops, that’s why these bad cops go all over the place doing bad stuff. 

The idea that you can now have de-escalators now alongside cops. You can talk people down, and not shoot people down.

The choke-hold, that’s common ground now between Pelosi and Trump. So, you see—good stuff there.

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President Trump explained how most law enforcement officers are doing a great job, but under his executive order, departments will share information about officers with “credible abuses,” so bad cops won’t move from one department to another.

Former DC Police Chief calls President Trump’s executive order on policing, “very positive” and says it moves in the right direction.

Dr. Ben Carson praised Trump’s executive order:

Over the last several weeks, @POTUS has had honest and constructive conversations about societal inconsistencies with community leaders and law enforcement officers. He has put forward for the American people policies that would ensure justice is served when injustices occur.

This Executive Order proves that if we as a country continue to work together, instead of against each other, we can improve the lives of all Americans. Thanks to President Trump, both law and order, and justice for oppression will secure a brighter morning for every community.

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