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The killing of Black American George Floyd last month triggered protests across the U.S. and elsewhere against police brutality.
People are demanding justice and drastic changes to policing.
Activists say officers routinely discriminate against minorities, and use excessive force when making arrests.
The protest demands include cutting funding for law enforcement agencies, stripping police of military gear such as armoured trucks, and even abolishing police altogether.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a police reform bill to ban chokeholds, combat racial profiling, and establish a national database to track police misconduct.
But the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to pass the law.
So is there a political will for genuine change?
Presenter: Imran Khan
Jamira Burley – Human Rights activist
Steven Rogers – Retired police lieutenant
Elisabeth Anker – Professor of American Studies and Political Science at George Washington University.
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In This Story: George Floyd
George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.