The House on Wednesday night, March 3, narrowly passed a bill aimed at limiting and hindering the authority and work of law enforcement. The bill will now be discussed in the Senate and if passed will establish guidelines for police departments across the country putting national security at risk.
Promoted by left-leaning civilian groups, the bill seeks to reform standards for police tactics and limit the power of officers at the federal level. Among the measures highlighted are a federal ban on arrest warrants and so-called chokeholds to reduce dangerous offenders, eliminating limits on police protection from civil lawsuits, establishing a legal framework to prevent racial profiling, and establishing a national registry of police misconduct complaints.
The bill passed on a very close 220-212 vote. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) was the only Republican to vote in favor of the bill, who later admitted to having “pushed the wrong button.”
“Of course I wouldn’t support the radical left’s Anti-Police Act—I changed the official record to reflect my opposition!” defended Gooden on his Twitter account.
The bill will now face further consideration in the Senate, where it is expected to face strong opposition from Republican lawmakers. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) acknowledged that it would be difficult to pass the bill in the Senate where they will need to convince at least 10 Republican senators in order to pass the bill.
The House had already passed a version of the police reform bill in June 2020, a few weeks after Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests against police forces, generating vandalism and looting. The bill was opposed by Republicans and then stalled in the then GOP-controlled Senate.
The White House offered its support for the controversial bill in an official statement earlier this week in which it said, “To make our communities safer, we must begin by rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the people they are entrusted to serve and protect. We cannot rebuild that trust if we do not hold police officers accountable for abuses of power and tackle systemic misconduct—and systemic racism—in police departments.”
By speaking of “systemic racism,” the White House is already endorsing the left-wing ideological narrative that asserts, without substantiation, that there is some sort of organized persecution of certain racial minorities such as African Americans and Latinos by law enforcement.
This narrative is the basis of the cancel culture, where certain issues are not allowed even a mention or where an idea different from the dominate one is presented and is accused of being racist or censored by the media.
House lawmakers were originally scheduled to vote on the bill on Thursday. The vote had to be moved up amid concerns about a possible threat to Capitol security later this week.