Members of "The Squad", a progressive quartet of freshmen in the House of Representatives, announced on Tuesday (July 7) federal law to devalue police departments across America and make amends for people who are either black or police-injured were.
The representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) And Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) Are the two main sponsors of the BREATHE Act, which they announced during a zoom call. The bill has not yet been officially introduced.
"With this bill, we can envision a new version of public security – a new public security vision that protects and affirms the lives of blacks," Tlaib said at the conference call. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Are also members of the team, but have not been announced as supporters of the bill.
It will be difficult for the BREATHE Act to even pass through the democratically held house, as many leaders on the left do not support the defusing of the police. A recent June police reform bill was fired upon by House republicans for failing to limit the power of police unions to protect officials from being released.
According to an overview of the BREATHE law, federal funds are to be cut together with the federal authorities to the local police and funds are to be made available for social, health, education and environmental programs.
The bill will "eliminate federal programs and agencies used to fund and expand U.S. criminal law, such as the 1033 Department of Defense program (excess equipment), the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Program, Community Oriented Policing Services, which Drug enforcement administration as well as immigration and customs enforcement. "
It would abolish "the use of electronic surveillance, including ankle monitors," and "make recommendations to drastically reduce the Department of Defense's budget."
The legislation also contains two reparation elements. MP Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has launched a commission to investigate reparation proposals for the African American law that has 135 democratic co-sponsors. In addition, a separate reparation program is proposed in honor of Michael Brown, who was killed in an argument with policeman Darren Wilson in 2014.
The other part of the reparations would “set up commissions to design reparations for mass criminalization – including the war on drugs, the criminalization of prostitution and police violence; Borderline violence; and the systematic violation of the US government’s contractual obligations to tribal nations. "
Read the full proposed bill here