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Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed At Reforming Policing, Falling Short Of Protesters’ Demands

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(Washington Post) — President Trump on Tuesday addressed the issue of police brutality by taking executive action that would provide incentives for police departments to increase training about the use of force and to strengthen a national database to track misconduct.

The president’s approach, which he announced at a Rose Garden event Tuesday afternoon, seeks to leverage federal grant money to encourage local departments to take action around a set of national “best practices.”

But it falls short of the more sweeping policy changes activists have called for following the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis last month.

“Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals,” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “They are not mutually exclusive. They work together. … That is why today I’m signing an executive order encouraging police departments nationwide to adopt the highest professional standards to serve their communities. These standards will be as high and as strong as there is on Earth.”

Trump said that just prior to the announcement, he had met with with family members of several black people who have been killed by police, including Atatiana Jefferson, Jemel Roberson, Michael Dean and others.

“To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourned by your side,” Trump said. “Your loved ones will not have died in vain.”

The executive action comes as Republican congressional leaders signaled Monday that legislative reforms to overhaul police practices could slip beyond this month. Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 2 GOP leader, said it was “probably unlikely” that the Senate will take up the police package before the July 4 recess.

The Senate GOP package, being primarily drafted by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only Republican senator who is African American, is expected to be released later this week. Though it is not expected to explicitly bar the use of chokeholds, as the House Democratic plan does, it attempts to discourage the practice by withholding federal funds to police agencies that allow them, according to two Senate GOP officials who spoke anonymously to describe legislation that is not yet public.

Trump aides emphasized Monday that the president remains opposed to any legislation that would end qualified immunity for police officers.

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Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.

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Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.

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Britain Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

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Britain has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong dispute following the introduction of China’s national security law.

Britain says the new national security law in Hong Kong breaches agreements made before the handover of the former British colony.

Speaking on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC that it was clear the Uighur minority in China had suffered abuses of their human rights.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that the government has “concerns about the treatment of the Uyghur minority obviously, about the human rights abuses,” he promised a “tough” yet balanced approach towards the world’s second largest economy, without abandoning the UK’s “policy of engagement.”

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will arrive in London later today for talks with government officials.

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