The DC Council on Tuesday unanimously approved police reform legislation amid the outbreak of protests over the death of African American George Floyd.
According to The Washington Post, the new changes include a ban on the use of asphyxiation during detention, as well as the use of rubber bullets and chemical irritants to disperse demonstrators.
As the newspaper added, the amendments oblige the city authorities to publish the names of police officers who have committed disciplinary offenses within 72 hours, as well as videos from cameras placed on their uniforms.
The bill proposes to exclude the admission of police unions to the consideration of disciplinary cases, to make changes to the work of monitoring groups that control illegal actions by law enforcement officials. Besides, the new provisions imply the restoration of voting rights for some prisoners in Washington prison.
According to the newspaper, the adopted changes will be valid for 90 days, and a second vote will be required for a subsequent extension of 225 days.
Despite the adoption of changes, lawmakers recognize that the reform does not take into account some of the requirements of the demonstrators. The city council allows for the possibility of redirecting part of the funds that go from the capital budget to finance the needs of the police to public programs.
The Washington Post indicates that city mayor Muriel Bowser had earlier called for a delay in the decision and a public hearing.