NBA's Social Justice Coalition urges US Senate to pass George Floyd bill

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On the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, the NBA and its Social Justice Coalition are urging are the United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

According to the bill, if passed, it would address "a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability." The bill also calls for police to be held accountable for their actions and would prohibit and restrict unnecessary use of force, carotid holds and the use of no-knock warrants.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck and back of Floyd for almost 10 minutes after Floyd was detained by Minneapolis police outside of a convenience store last May.

A makeshift memorial for George Floyd including a mural cards and flowers on June 1, 2020 his seen near the spot where he died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn.
A makeshift memorial for George Floyd including a mural cards and flowers on June 1, 2020 his seen near the spot where he died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn.

“Almost exactly one year ago, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. Like millions around the world, NBA players, coaches, governors, officials, and staff throughout our organizations were outraged to see the horrifying and unlawful actions of the officer who pinned Mr. Floyd’s neck to the ground under his knee for 9 minutes," James Cadogan, the Coalition’s Executive Director, said in a statement. "Mr. Floyd’s death added new fuel to the protests, marches, and urgent calls for racial justice and reform locally and nationally."

Last month, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He faces up to 10 years in prison for second-degree murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 years for manslaughter and will be sentenced June 25.

“Today, as this painful anniversary approaches, we have an opportunity to honor the memory of Mr. Floyd and others who have been victims of police brutality in this country by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Systemic problems demand systemic solutions." Cadogan said. "And, because police actions are governed by a diverse array of state laws and local policies, the Floyd Act takes unprecedented strides towards consistency — reforming at a federal level the practices that failed its namesake."

Members of the coalition include Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets guards Avery Bradley and Sterling Brown, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: George Floyd: NBA urges US Senate passage of Justice in Policing Act