After weeks of protests against police brutality, the governor of the US state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, today signed a first legislative package of reforms. Among other things, it provides for maximum prison sentences of up to 15 years for police officers who injure or kill people with a stranglehold.
In addition, the files on misconduct and disciplinary proceedings by police officers should be easier to view in the future. In the United States, around 1,000 people die in police operations each year.
According to an analysis by Bowling Green State University in Ohio, between 2005 and 2018 only 97 police officers were arrested for murder or manslaughter and only 35 were convicted. For years there have been discussions about police violence in the USA because it hits black people disproportionately.
Trump wants to strengthen the US police
US President Donald Trump, however, spoke out in favor of strengthening the police authorities in the USA. During a visit to Dallas, Texas, he made it clear that his government would not cut police funding. “We have to dominate the streets,” said Trump, adding that it must be done with “compassion”.