The President's new executive order is much less sweeping than legislation being pushed on Capitol Hill by Democrats - which is expected to advance through a key House panel on Wednesday.
Both would set up a national registry to make it easier for police departments to check and see whether a prospective new hire has had previous incidents of misconduct involving the use of force.
The President said the registry was a good idea, "so that officers with significant issues do not simply move from one police department to the next."
As for the content of the President's order, Democrats scoffed at it.
“The President’s weak Executive Order falls sadly and seriously short of what is required to combat the epidemic of racial injustice and police brutality,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.