The killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day by a Minneapolis police officer has triggered protests nationwide as advocates call for racial equity and police reform. Hearing their cries for justice, lawmakers in Washington went straight to work and, on Monday morning, unveiled the first bill that will severely limit law enforcement's ability to use excessive force. 

"We can't settle for anything other than transformative structural change," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, via NPR. "True justice can only be achieved with full, comprehensive action, that is what we are doing today. This is a first step; there is more to come."


Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., helped to author the bill, joining forces with the Congressional Black Caucus, the House Judiciary Committee and 200 other Democratic House and Senate leaders.

"Persistent, unchecked bias in policing and a history of lack of accountability is wreaking havoc on the black community. Cities are literally on fire with the pain and anguish wrought by the violence visited upon black and brown bodies," the bill's sponsors said. "While there is no single policy prescription that will erase the decades of systemic racism and excessive policing — it's time we create structural change with meaningful reforms."

While this bill will not singlehandedly end police violence, it's quite a start. Interested in what the bill encompasses? Here are five things Democrats intend to accomplish with the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.