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An attorney for Tyre Nichols’ family said that it is time for Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The bill cleared the House in 2021 but died in the Senate. House leaders said over the weekend they don’t think the sweeping police reforms would have stopped five officers from beating Nichols, who died from the injuries. There appears to be little chance Congress will seriously consider such police reforms anytime soon.
Almost eight in 10 Americans say there is a need for some police reforms, and half of Americans say we need “significant reforms.” The latest Gallup polling found that 96% of Black Americans said there is a need for some level of reform. Americans increasingly want police who have been disciplined for bad behavior to be unable to find work at another department. Most Americans also want to remove legal barriers that keep police from being criminally charged for their actions on the job.
We may know today if the World Health Organization has determined if the COVID-19 pandemic no longer qualifies as a “pandemic.” The head of the WHO sent signals over the weekend that such a decision probably will come this year, but it is too early to say the pandemic is over now.
The Food and Drug Administration is rewriting its guidelines to make it easier for gay men to donate blood. The FDA says modern medical practices make the old restrictions unnecessary to protect the blood supply from HIV infections. A few years ago, the FDA relaxed some other rules restricting gay men from donating blood and found it did not affect the safety of the donations. Blood banks hope lifting the restrictions will help ease the chronic shortage of blood products nationwide.
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