Joe Biden will order national policing commission in wake of George Floyd’s death, restrict cops’ access to military equipment and sign order on housing equality as he stakes out agenda on race today
CNN reported that Biden’s order also target police departments use of military-grade equipment.
Beyond police reform, the executive orders will focus on prison reform and public housing.
President Joe Biden will sign a series of executive orders and memos on Tuesday that will deal with ‘equity’
One of the orders Biden is expected to sign will create a federal policing commission that will work to prevent deaths like George Floyd’s. Floyd, a 46-year-old black Minneapolis man, was killed on May 25, 2020 by a white police officer during an arrest
CNN reported that one of the executive actions Biden will take is to prevent local police departments from getting military-grade equipment
Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice outlined some of the executive orders and memos Biden would sign later Tuesday during the press briefing
Susan Rice, the director of the United States Domestic Policy Council, explained at Tuesday’s press briefing that Biden will instruct the Department of Justice not to renew any contracts with private prisons.
She also said Biden will sign a memorandum directing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to mitigate racial bias in housing.
Biden will also reaffirm the federal government’s commitment to tribal sovereignty.
And he’ll also sign a memorandum condemning xenophobia against Asian Americans, which has been on the rise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rice also said that Biden will discuss the efforts to disenfranchise ex-prisoners.
‘Today the average black family has just one-tenth the wealth as the average white family,’ Rice said in her opening remarks at the briefing.
‘These aren’t feel good policies, the evidence is clear, investing in equity is good for economic growth and it creates jobs for all Americans,’ Rice continued.
Rice cited a figure that $16 trillion has been lost over a 20-year period because of discrimination.
By closing racial gaps in income and opportunity, $5 trillion could be added to the U.S. economy over the next five years.
Former President Donald Trump used the Memorial Day death of Floyd, a black Minneapolis man, who was killed by a white police officer, as a political wedge issue in the lead-up to the election.
Trump embraced a ‘law and order’ candidacy and etched out policy positions such as statues and military bases named after Confederate generals should remain.