İrem UZUN -TDO- U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that seeks to improve how police officers treat African Americans and others by improving credentialing, training and mental health resources. The order comes as the president faces tremendous pressure to take action following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police last month. The administration worked with numerous police groups, faith leaders and family organizations in crafting the order, according to the senior administration officials.
"Today is about pursuing common sense and fighting, fighting for a cause like we seldom get the chance to fight for," Trump said. "We have to find common ground." Trump said that his executive order would set standards "as high and as strong as there is on Earth" on the use of force, and that he would prioritize federal grants to police departments that met those standards.
Trump's order is shaped by three key components; credentialing and certifying police departments, boosting information-sharing to better track officers with excessive use-of-force complaints and creating services for addressing mental health, drug addiction and homelessness. But it doesn't make federal funding conditional to those components, but instead potentially prioritizes some grants for departments that meet all those guidelines.
The order will also create a database to track police officers with multiple instances of misconduct and include language encouraging police departments to involve mental health professionals when dealing with issues of homelessness, mental illness and addiction, a senior administration official said.