The 134 page bill states that the goal of the legislation is to "hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies."
Among the major changes:
+ Changing the doctrine of 'qualified immunity' for police officers, allowing people to sue for damages if officers are found to have violated their constitutional rights.
+ Make it easier to prosecute law enforcement officers for misconduct by changing the definition from 'willful' to acting 'knowingly' or 'with reckless disregard.'
+ Provide money to state attorneys general to help them pay for independent investigations of possible police brutality, and conduct broader 'pattern and practice' investigations of police departments.
+ Set up a National Police Misconduct Registry, making it more difficult for officers to simply switch over to another jurisdiction without knowledge of previous brutality issues.
+ Require states to report data on use force incidents, whether by an officer against a civilian, or the use of force against a law enforcement officer.
+ Efforts to improve police training and end racial profiling.
+ Ban "No-Knock" warrants in drug cases at the federal level.
+ Ban the use of police choke holds and placing a knee on the neck of a suspect being detained by police (the way George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis).
+ Limit the transfer of military equipment to state and local law enforcement.
More on the details of the bill can be found in this release from the House Judiciary Committee.