The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a sweeping police reform bill — named after George Floyd, whose death in custody sparked global protests against racial injustice — that would, among other things, ban chokeholds and overhaul qualified immunity protections for officers.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, H.R. 1280, passed 220-212 mostly among party lines — although a Republican representative said he’d voted ‘yes’ by mistake and changed the official record to reflect his opposition.
The bill also endeavors to create a national database to track police misconduct and to make it easier to prosecute offending officers. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it will need at least 10 Republican votes.
The measure was first approved in the summer of 2020 after Floyd’s May 25 killing by police in Minnesota. However, it stalled in the then-Republican-controlled Senate.